November 8, 2020
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time A
Wisdom 6:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
We begin this weekend with the Book of Wisdom. This Old Testament book teaches us some important things: Believe that you are special to God; Pray for the gift of wisdom; Keep in mind that the benefits go beyond this world. These really are important things to ponder. Consider this: It is wisdom that teaches us who we are and how we are to live. It is wisdom that gives us the healthy perspective to let things go when they should not bother us. It is wisdom that teaches us discipline and foresight. It is wisdom that helps us deepen as individuals and surrender ourselves to the source of all wisdom: God. Now let’s jump to the third reading for today. The parable of the wise and foolish virgins [bridesmaids] in St. Matthew’s Gospel makes it clear that wisdom is not just something abstract in our lives but involves everyday decisions and being prepared. Jesus tells us that five of the virgins are wise and five are foolish. The wise ones were ready for the bridegroom’s return, and the foolish ones were not, and so all the foolish ones can do at his coming is to make demands. “Give us some of your oil,” they say, so their torches will not go out. But it doesn’t work that way. We all have to get our own “oil”. This means that each of us has to grow in wisdom and respond to God’s call to know, love and serve Him in our own lives. It is foolish to presume that we can steal or buy our way to heaven [meeting Christ the Bridegroom] by demanding the wisdom, holiness and faith that belongs to someone else. It must be our own. It must be worked for. We must cultivate a life of wisdom. And it is true wisdom that will lead us to God. Perhaps then we should take a lesson from King Solomon, who, when he could have asked for anything in the world, prayed for WISDOM. May this be our prayer every day!