Friday 1 September 2017

About Today Readings

St Gregory the Great. Spring Ember Day. Day of Penance.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 10-12. Matthew 25:1-13.

Let the just rejoice in the Lord — Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 10-12.

Help me to be prepared.

Like the ten maidens spoken of in today’s gospel, I want to meet you, Lord. Help me to be prepared. When you delay in revealing yourself, I am nearly always like the foolish maidens—unprepared. When you do come, meeting you involves making a lot of preparations to cover the unexpected. The foolish maidens had their lamps and they had some oil. They simply hadn’t counted on your being late.

This makes me realise that I approach many relationships not fully prepared, hoping to get a maximum return from a minimum of effort. I want to live in ways that please you.

Help me treat others with respect and reverence and not as objects to satisfy my ego. Help me be prepared so that I can put in the effort required to further the coming of your kingdom.

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