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Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Scriptural Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25; Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11; Matthew 25:1-13

My dear encountered couples:

To “put off” is a great human pastime, especially when there is something we don’t feel like doing. Clean the house tomorrow, let the dishes sit till later, check the oil in the car another day, write that letter or make that phone call when we have more time, give the children our attention when we aren’t so tired. Most of us do what is called, “procrastinate.” We put off until a later date things we could be doing right now.

Jesus warns us about procrastinating when it comes to our preparations for his coming.

We are to be ready at the drop of a hat to make our entrance into eternity. As Jesus says, none of us knows “the day or the hour” we will meet our Maker. The bridegroom cometh at a time we least expect. And, as bridesmaids were expected to be waiting with lamps lighted to lead the bridegroom to the bride and the wedding place, so we are expected to be ready with hearts aflame when Christ our bridegroom arrives.

How do we do that when we are so very, very busy with so many, many things?

Christ is always with us. And we know that. All we have to do is grow in our realization of his constant presence, be glad that he not only is always by our sides but within our souls. So, whatever you are doing - playing or working, eating or drinking, relaxing or sleeping, even goofing off, let Christ do it with you. And when your time comes you’ll be ready.

Eternity for you will just be a continuation of the life you are already living with Christ.


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