Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time ‘a’
Today we hear the parable of the ten virgins, five of them were wise and the other five foolish. The wise ones are those who brought extra oil for their lamps so, when the bridegroom was delayed, they still had enough to welcome him with the light in their lamps. The foolish ones had no more oil, no more light. You know that story, but what always surprises me is why the wise ones, those who had that extra oil, didn’t share it? Aren’t we supposed to be generous and share with those in need. Absolutely! However, the oil from the parable does not represent any material things, but all those good deeds we have done in life, all that love that we shared with others, all our prayers, sacrifices, and our forgiveness toward others. We are like those virgins waiting for the Lord. We don’t know when He will come, maybe today, maybe next year, or maybe a hundred years from now. All we need to do is collect as much oil as possible. We must make our lives holy, so when the Lord comes, we will be ready to meet Him with our lamps burning brightly. We can and should share with others, but we can’t share our good deeds; those belong to us and give us credit.