The wise virgins were creative, astute and enterprising. They brought extra oil for the lamps. The foolish virgins did not, so when they ran low, they had to go to the merchant ... and missed their chance to attend the wedding feast.
Sometimes, it seems unchristian for those five wise bridesmaids not to lend oil to the others. How could Jesus endorse an attitude like that? Well, he didn't. His point was simply: We have to use common sense, practical judgment in living out our Christian life.
Sometimes we don't. Somehow we leave to chance the fulfillment of our religious goals. We figure that good intentions are enough. We don't take the practical steps along the way to make those goals a reality.
Through your baptism, you are committed to an unusual kind of life. And that life will not just come about without planning and effort on your part.
Think about making a dental appointment. You might need to shift your schedule around. you'd at least mark the appointment in your datebook. It takes common sense and practical planning to make a visit to the dentist more than just a thought about something you should do.
You have to decide to us the time, talent and treasure you've been given in shrewd, creative, enterprising, astute and wise ways in order to be prepared to meet the Bridegroom.
How are you doing?
- Little Burgundy Book, Diocese of Saginaw