Our liturgical year is fast ending. Matthew’s Gospel has offered us three successive parables over the last few weeks for our reflection. The parables relate the different kinds of accountability required of Christians as they prepare for their encounter with Christ. They point us towards the end things – our final destination – to be with God when Christ comes again.

Today we hear proclaimed the story of the wise and foolish virgin. The parable of the wise and foolish virgins may be interpreted on many levels. Matthew, in a smart move, tries to change the very source of the problem – the delay of the end and the return of Christ – into an advantage. The delay itself is meant to sharpen our hope – our readiness – our preparedness. The delay itself calls us and moves us to a greater fidelity, vigilance, and love – giving us time to truly seek ways of service of others.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 63; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 & Matthew 25:1-13

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