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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 10, A.D. 2002

Wisdom 6:12-16
Psalm 63:2-8
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Are we prepared?

With only three weeks left before Advent, today's passages from sacred Scripture tell us about preparing ourselves for eternal life and the wonder of meeting the Lord. To that end, we would do especially well to treat our souls to a thoughtful re-reading of today's inspiration from the Book of Wisdom.

What deep beauty and wisdom it contains! How carefully we should compare our expectations, our day-to-day achievements, our worldly goals - with those contained in the Book of Wisdom. Will we find that we have easily and imperceptibly slipped away from the path of virtue that leads to joy in God? Why do we put off virtue, in deference to our trivial selfish pursuits? How can we be so short-sighted?

To emphasize the importance of spiritual preparedness, Jesus told his disciples the parable about the foolish virgins. The moral of the story is that we need to reform our lives so that we will be spiritually prepared - either for our certain mortal death, or for the Second Coming of Jesus. Let us not be lulled by the sirens of the world, by our youthful age or any other false sense of security, "...for you know not the day nor the hour." Let Jesus always be the hallowed center of our lives!

- Joachim, ocds


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