Friday, August 26, 2016

Parable of The Ten Virgins

BEADS OF JOY 08-26-16
“Parable of The Ten Virgins”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Matt 25:1-13 (Parable of The Ten Virgins)
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.' And while they went 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 maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."


Oh no!!! Don’t miss out on what matters in this life and get caught up in the frivolous wasteful things. This world will consume you if you allow it. Stay focused on Jesus and stay focused on being ready. There is no second chance, there is no second time for us to come back and ask Jesus to do it over again. We must be ready when the time comes. Be prepared always my sisters and brothers. For when the feast begins and the doors are shut they will be closed forever. We must be prepared, nothing in this life is worth losing eternity with Jesus over. Nothing!

We must learn to listen to hear Him, know His voice and follow Him. Everything we ever lived for will depend on that. Jesus invites us to be with Him for all eternity, He has given us a lifetime to prepare. How long is that lifetime? No one knows, so we must always be ready. Be sure your house in order, clean it often with confession, talk daily to Jesus in prayer, visit Him as much as you can in adoration, consume Him in Communion as often as you can. Our biggest danger will be, NOT being ready. Please be ready like I wrote about yesterday. I want to see all of you in Heaven. God has prepared a place for all of us. We must be prepared so that we can see it, and stay there for all eternity together honoring and praising Him.

Unfortunately, many will not be ready and so many will not even care to be ready. This world is full of traps to distract you and trap you and keep your eyes and heart off Jesus. That’s all satan and so many worldly people wish for; is your destruction, if only to keep your eyes closed for one more minute, one more day, one more week. Soon will forget that Jesus guy and you will stay focused on your house, your cars, your vacations, your money, your wealth, your pride, your “status” place in society, your position at the firm your own or work at. Who cares about that Jesus guy! You will think to yourself first, you can’t “see” Jesus anyway. DO NOT FALL for that! All of those ideas are traps set by satan and his soldiers to destroy you for all eternity. Be strong! Pray for strength! You are not alone! See you tomorrow.


Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS