Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time (II) (26th August, 2016) on the Gospel
1Cor 1:17-25;Ps 32:1-2.4-5.10-11. (R. v. 5);
Topic: Never forget the oil.
Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to ten bridesmaids who went to meet the bridegroom with their lamps. The five wise ones took their oil also. When the bridegroom delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. However, they were called at midnight to meet the bridegroom. The foolish ones begged the wise ones for oil when their lamps were going out. They were asked to go and get theirs. And while they were out, the bridegroom entered into the wedding banquet with those who were ready and the door shut. The foolish ones later came and pleaded unsuccessfully to be let in.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12; cf. Jn 9:5.12:46). He is the true light that enlightens every man/woman, cf. Jn 1:9. God has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light, cf. 1Pt 2:9. Every Christian is a son/daughter of light and of the day, and not of the night or of darkness, cf. 1Thes 5:5. His disciples are “the light of the world” (Matt 5:14). Despite all these, Jesus warns “be careful lest the light in you be darkness” (Lk 11:35).
Both the wise and the foolish have their lamps. They all became drowsy and slept. However, when they were called to meet the bridegroom, it became clear who is who. Truly, God “has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light”, cf. Col 1:12. But for one to be admitted, he/she must carry also the oil, one’s good deeds, cf. Eph 5:8-10. We are urged to become sons and daughters of light now by believing in Him, cf. Jn 12:35-36. Whoever fails is condemned like the foolish bridesmaids, cf. Mk 16:16; Jn 3:18-19. Lamp without oil is useless; it cannot give light, cf. Matt 5:15.
Bible Reading: Lk 11: 33-36; Eph 5:1-20; 1Pt 2:1-10.
Thought for today: Do you have enough oil?
Let us pray: God, give us the grace to carry both our lamps and the oil – Amen.
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