March 31, 2015
Matthew 25:6-13 - "But at midnight there was a cry, 'Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' … And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour." (ESV)
Judgement is at hand - Have you kept open the door? - The Parable of the Ten Virgins occurs after our Lord entered Jerusalem, as He was approaching His Passion. This parable – together with the Parable of the Talents that is also read today – foretells Judgment Day. Some of the virgins were ready - they had everything in order. Others were not prepared for the Lord to come. They found themselves scrambling at the last minute to get their lives in order lest they be shut out of the kingdom. Each of us needs to ask himself: Am I ready to stand before the Lord if He comes today? We are not being asked to ignore the demands of life: husband, wife, children, parents, jobs. We are being asked to put the Lord before all these things and keep Him before all these things so that we are not distracted and forget Him. This is our equivalent of keeping our lamps filled with oil. How much regret will we have if we find ourselves before the Lord this very day and hear Him say: “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you”?
Today we also continue the readings from the Prophecy of Ezekiel (the Call of the Prophet), Exodus (the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord prefigured in the journey of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land) and Job (his tenacious faith in God).
- Monday - Ezekiel 1:1-10, Exodus 1:1-20, Job 1:1-12, Matthew 24:3-35
- Tuesday - Ezekiel 1:21-28, Exodus 2:5-10, Job 1:13-22, Matthew 24:36-26:2
- Wednesday - Ezekiel 2:3-3:3, Exodus 2:11-22, Job 2:1-10, Matthew 26:6-16
The icon is a detail of the Extreme Humility of Christ.