Go and Proclaim: “Prepare Wisely for the Coming of the Bridegroom”
First Reading- Amos 5:18-24
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 70:1-2; 3-4; 5
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13
Homily by +Bp. Raymundo Abogatal Jr.
In this Sunday homily at Cathedral Church of Saint Michael, Kalibo, +Bp. Raymundo reminded us about being prepared, especially for the Lord’s coming.
The Gospel talks about ten virgins awaiting the coming of the bridegroom. There were five who were considered wise and came prepared with extra oil, and five considered foolish because they did not come prepared. Being unprepared can lead us to trouble. Weddings for Jews require lots of vigilance and preparation that’s why this was a good illustration for the Kingdom of God.
We are all anticipating a heavenly banquet, and we must prepare for it. We must be ready to hear His voice and obey His commands. But sometimes, we do not to listen. We cannot listen because of our stubbornness and hypocrisy. We must change our hearts and listen to God. We will not be prepared to meet the Lord face to face unless we learn to listen to Him.
We should avoid doing things on our own because it will prevent us from hearing Him. Obedience is really important. Our eternal welfare depends upon how we hear and obey Him. The Lord cordially invites us to the heavenly table, thus we should do everything to be prepared. Before partaking the body and the blood of Christ, we must check our hearts. Do not be like the five foolish virgins and instead, take the five wise virgins as an example of our anticipation in Christ’s second coming.
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