Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 10, A.D. 2002
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
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
- Joachim, ocds
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