32ND SUNDAY HOMILY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A
THEME: What counts as true wisdom?
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
Wis. 6:12-16; Ps. 62(63):2-8; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matt.25:1-13
The first time I heard the story of the ten bridesmaids, I was a bit disappointed that the five sensible ones would refuse to give some oil to the five foolish ones. I felt they should have been more charitable with their oil. But I later came to realise that the rewards of good works cannot be borrowed, and especially not at the Eleventh Hour. Each person has to work out his/her salvation in fear and trembling. It is either we have a genuine relationship with God or we don’t. When it comes to the good deeds and the sacrifices that keep the lamps of our spiritual lives burning, we simply cannot depend on the toil of others.
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Friends, though this story was first for the Jewish crowd in Jesus day, who were chosen and yet didn’t prepare to receive God’s son, it is now also for us, who also have been chosen by Christ’s blood on the cross. True wisdom is realising everyday that this world isn’t our home, that we’re only passing through. It is knowing that a high level of alertness and preparedness is needed not to miss the coming of the bridegroom. Thus, the soul that is not thirsting for God enough may not find him. St Paul reminds us in the second reading that even though we die, Christ himself will welcome those who die in him. The saddest thing that can happen to anyone of us is to hear the words, “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.” We pray then for the grace to watch for we know neither the day nor the hour.
Good morning dear. God bless your week ahead and have an amazing Sunday!
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