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From the Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
Message from the Lord.
Thanks to Christ’s Redemption, we’ve been granted Sanctifying Grace, allowing us to attain supernatural merits beyond our natural abilities. The Lord graciously shares the benefits of His redemption through sacraments—a remarkable gift! Shouldn’t we stay attentive and welcome all the grace God wishes to offer? Failing to receive such an undeserved gift would be the height of ingratitude.
Applied to marital life:
Emma : I apologise. I recognize my mistake in not informing you about my delayed arrival, making you wait. However, let’s calm down and appreciate the grace bestowed upon us through our marriage.
Alex: I can’t. I’m truly upset with you.
Emma: Yes, you can. Our Lord sacrificed Himself to provide you with the grace necessary to continue loving me. Come on, my love. I genuinely repent, and I’m immensely proud of you because you’re a good man capable of loving me with the love you’ve received from God.
Alex: (Taking a moment to appreciate the greatness and beauty of his wife, he thinks: Thank you, Lord, for this incredible wife. She’s invaluable. With a different perspective, he says to her) You’re right, Mar. Pride is destructive. Thank you for guiding me to embrace God’s grace.
Emma: That holds great significance in God’s eyes, Alex. Congratulations.
May our entire beings be prepared to welcome God’s grace fully, leading us to the holiness He desires for us. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.