Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Spiritual wisdom is something we should all strive for in our lives. It is build upon the pillars of knowledge and understanding. In order to become wise, we must seek the knowledge of how to know, love, and serve God and others more perfectly. So too, we need to understand the divine truths that are at the heart of our faith, the source of our hope, and the foundation of holiness. This spiritual knowledge and understanding are gifts from the Holy Spirit and they lead to a third gift... the wisdom to seek the good and avoid the evil and the insights to distinguish between the two. Being wise leads us to be spiritually prepared for anything we might come across as Christians and allows us to make prudent decisions about how best to live our lives so we are prepared for the coming of the Lord.

Are we actively seeking the knowledge we need to be holy? How can we grow in our understanding of the Good News as handed down to us through the Scriptures and teachings of the Church? What can we do to become wise in our love of God and others?

O Lord, grant us your wisdom.


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