I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Reflection for August 28, Friday Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor: Matthew 25:1-13

Gospel: 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 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.
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Is there a magic word for a successful marriage? Yes there is and the magic word is preparation. When a couple decides to tie the knot they have to ensure that they plunge into the marriage covenant prepared.

They have to be prepared for the emotional and financial stress that they have to go through. They have to be prepared to swallow their own prides/egos. They have to learn to once in a while bend in humility so that their marriage would continue to hold until the end.

In the gospel the five foolish virgins went unprepared to meet the bridegroom. They knew that there was no mention of the time of the bridegroom’s arrival. Yet they did not bring an extra flask of oil for their lamps.

So, when news came that the bridegroom had arrived.  The lights of their lamps were slowly fading for there was hardly oil in their respective lamps. Therefore, the five of them were forced to look for oil but it was already too late. For the door was already locked because the bridegroom was already inside the wedding feast.

When you go to Holy Mass be there before it starts and don’t just go without preparation. Go there prepared by having read the readings most especially the gospel. If you do so you could somehow enter into the mystery of the readings.  

You would also hear clearly the bridegroom which is no other than Jesus Himself speaking directly to your heart through the gospel. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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