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Be truly prepared

posted Nov 10, 2017, 8:39 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 8:39 AM ]
12 November 2017 ( 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time )

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The Parable of the Ten Young Woman describe the return of Jesus and the bridegroom is Jesus Christ himself. The five women with the extra oil represent authentic followers of Christ who conduct their lives according to His will. No matter what happens, be it having to wait a lengthy time or through trying circumstances, they’ll look to His coming with eagerness. The five women without the extra oil represent false believers who are preoccupied with the externals of being a Christian, not truly loving Christ and doing what he requires. When Jesus returned unexpectedly, these women hoped that their association with the true believers would save them (v8: give us some of your oil). Unfortunately, the oil could not be shared. Each person will be held accountable for their individual choice. Being ready for Christ’s return ultimately involves one major decision which manifests itself in several areas of our lives - accepting Christ as our God and doing his will in our lives. Decide now to fill your lamp with the oil of his saving grace, and bring along the extra oil of holy living and giving. Then, keep watch with joy and perseverance!