November 9, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 25:1-13
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 of them were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps ... At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ ... 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 ... Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
Sharing the Mission
For St Vincent de Paul, true holiness meant that all of his decisions, plans, struggles, and actions had to revolve around the person of Jesus Christ. His own relationship with Jesus Christ developed in three stages. During his boyhood, his parents passed on their convictions about Jesus. Vincent believed, but not enough to move mountains. The second stage occurred in his twenties. A string of personal defeats and some sound spiritual direction caused Vincent to look deeply into himself. In ways known only to Vincent and God, Vincent’s encounter with Jesus moved him to rearrange the map of his life. Finally, as he became more involved in ministering to the poor, Vincent discovered Jesus Christ in the faces of these humble souls. Vincent’s life then revolved around the person of Jesus, whom he encountered in the poor, sick and homeless people.
In your service how do you ensure that you continue to develop and see the image of Christ before you?
During this week, reflect on the different stages of your journey of faith.
(Together) Jesus, give us the grace to seek you in our lives,
So that all of our decisions, plans, struggles and actions revolve around you.