30 August 2019. Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
Many times, I had so many regrets of the things that I was not able to attend to. I am guilty of this “Mañana Habit”, which I would always set aside the things that are not necessary at the moment. When I was a Sports Coordinator in the community, I had one significant experience with a brother who reminded me to be always prepared on the materials needed in sports. He specifically reminded me to buy many shuttle cocks since Badminton game had been the most played game in the community during that time. Yet, I forgot to buy those things during my free time because I did not prioritize the suggestion. Then there came a time that alumni priests joined us in our community sports time, and they played a lot in badminton game. Hence, I was not able to accommodate them with new shuttle cocks because I have nothing in my stock. Thus, it was just a learning experience for me and it taught me a lesson to always value the necessary things.
As a priest-in-process, the Gospel reminds me to be always prepare for the many surprises that may go along my way in life’s journey. I should always be ready for the coming of the bridegroom, like the wise virgins in the parable. As workers and collaborators of the Church’s Mission, this is a reminder for me to be more alert so that my heart will not become drowsy and uninspired especially in my future ministry. This challenges me to always have the foresight to sustain my youthful energy in order for me to be always ready for the surprise that may come in the way in doing the works of Christ, in the hope that my heart may build a better world.
The Gospel Today
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.”