Mother St Teresa of Calcutta: Love of God and the poor
TO THE question: “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus replied, “We won’t know the day or the hour of the second coming of Jesus; but each of us must be ready for that day, for come it will!” He then gave that beautiful parable of the wise and foolish virgins, found in Matthew 25.
In the parable, 10 women are waiting for the expected coming of the bridegroom. They are torchbearers whose important role was to lead the bridegroom in procession to his bride. In order to perform their role effectively, they had to be ready; they had to have enough oil in their lamps so that they would burn brightly. They had to have enough oil in their lamps, as the song says, so that their light would shine before men that they may see the good that they do and give glory to God! The oil is their works of charity and of mercy, serving the poor and needy.
The wise virgins are wise
MOST REV CHARLES DUFOUR