Be prepared always for you do not know when you will meet Jesus.
I. Significance of the Parable of the 10 Virgins
From the parable we know that the groom is Jesus. The bride, although not mentioned, is the Church whom Jesus wants to marry. The ten virgins represent all of us Christians, as they await his second coming. Of the 10 virgins, 5 were wise because they brought extra oil for their lamp while the other 5 foolish did not. What is the significance of the oil? Why can’t the wise virgins share their oil to the foolish virgins. It seems that they were selfish for not sharing. The oil symbolizes our desire to please God and the lamp stands for our good deeds. The oil is the one that produces fire. It is also our desire to please God that will motivate us to do good deeds to others. In Mt 5:16 it says, “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
2. From Foolish to Being Wise
Last Friday, I had an opportunity to give the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to this lady. She is in palliative care and the doctor said that she only had a few weeks or months to live. She has not been coming to church for many years now. Last May, she almost died. She was telling me that during the time that she was unconscious she had a glimpse of heaven. She was describing me of what she saw and she said how beautiful it was beautiful and how she wanted to stay there. Unfortunately she was not allowed to enter and was revived back to life in the hospital. She couldn’t understand why God did not take her that time. I told her, "maybe it was because you were not yet prepared that time and now God is giving you the opportunity to prepare yourself. I asked her if she wants me to hear her confession and she agreed and she made such a wonderful confession. After her confession, I told her that this is like your second baptism because all of your sins have been washed away. Now you are prepared if God decides that it is your time. You could see the joy on her face and she said that she is no longer afraid to die. This woman is a perfect example of a foolish virgin who has become wise.
III. How can I be prepared?
1. Be reconciled to God.
“Then I saw the Mother of God, who said to me, I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for granting mercy.” - Diary of St. Faustina 635
2. Strive to love God and our neighbor.
“At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love" - St. John of the Cross
3. Be at peace and do your regular duty.
A story is told of an old and holy monk who was sweeping up the fallen leaves in the monastery grounds. A visitor saw him and asked, “What would you do, brother, if you knew that you were to die in ten minutes?” The old monk said, “I’d carry on sweeping.” Because the monk has always been prepared, he is ready to meet his Judge anytime.