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Good News A50

Ten Virgins with Lamps and Oil

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 25:1-13 New American Bible

Matthew 25:1-13 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”

 

Ten young people were supposed to have flashlights to show the bride and the groom their way to the cabin in the woods. The family was going to have a big party for them. Five of them were wise and brought extra batteries for their flashlights. Five of them were foolish and brought their flashlights, but no extra batteries. The bride and bridegroom had a flat tire, ran out of gas, and took the wrong exit off the interstate. The young ones with the flashlights got tired of waiting and fell asleep. When they awoke at midnight, their flashlights were getting dim. The five wise ones put some of their extra batteries in the flashlights.

The five foolish ones asked, “May we use the batteries you have left over?”

The wise ones said, “No. Go buy your own batteries.”

Right away, the foolish ones went to a store to buy more batteries. The only one that was open was far away. While they were off buying more batteries, the bridegroom and bride came. They invited the wise ones to come inside. They locked the doors to keep any wild animals from entering. When the foolish ones returned, they could not get in.

We should be prepared to go to heaven whenever God calls us. When He calls us to the heavenly party, he might not give us time to go back and make things right with our souls. He might not give us another chance to turn away from evil. If we need batteries for the flashlights to light up our souls, it might be tough luck for us.

 We need goodness. Flashlights are the goodness that shines out around us for everyone to see. Flashlights show how we obey God’s commandments. The batteries help us keep charged up for God’s ways. If you are charged up to do God’s will, you will obey his commandments. You will forgive yourself and others as God forgives you. If you are lighting the way for others to follow in his path, God will welcome you into his heavenly party. What a wonderful day that will be!     

Say the “Our Father.” God will light up your life.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.” 

 

Copyright © 2002, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards