Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“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.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.” MT 25:1-13
Today, Jesus warns us again of the Second Coming of Christ, the Parousia. It is Friday, the day Jesus died for us on the cross. Let us take this opportunity to prepare ourselves for the Second Coming by going to Mass, extra prayer, and offering up a fast or sacrifice. You could make yourself poor in some area of your life. Ideas for this include fasting from something you like to eat or one big meal with two smaller meals if you are 18 and older. You could put pebbles in your shoes and be uncomfortable with Jesus today. You could not put dressing on your salad. You could talk to a classmate that is new and invite them over to your house or a football game. There are many other ways to be poor, but most importantly follow the advice of Luke 21:36 “Be vigilant at all times and pray, that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.”
After you have combated an area of your life that is leading you away from God, you will be strengthened for the journey. It takes a strong mind and will, but the rewards are eternal. How close do you want to get to Christ? How holy is too holy?
Become a saint!