Mother St Teresa of Cal­cutta: Love of God and the poor

Jamaica Gleaner - - THE CATHOLIC OPINION -

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


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