HOMILY FOR 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A.

HOMILY FOR 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A.

HOMILY FOR 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A.

THEME: THE BEAUTY OF WISDOM

By. Rev. Sylvanus Amaobi.

(1st Reading, Wisdom 6:12-16; 2nd Reading, 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Gospel, Mtt. 25:1-13)

Dear brothers and sisters, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

The first reading gives a beautiful presentation of wisdom. In it, wisdom is personified, and some encomium or praise is poured upon her. She is resplendent and unfading. She presents herself to those who love her and seek and desire her. Wisdom comes even before one desires her. It is the most precious gift to acquire.

Indeed, to desire and find wisdom is a sign of blessedness. Proverbs 3:13-15 says, “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Wisdom helps us make sound judgments, make the right choices, and make good decisions that help us in our day-to-day and spiritual lives. To think and act with wisdom is the perfection of prudence, as the scripture tells us today. Whoever uses her shall never be disappointed. This wisdom has only one source: God.

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LESSONS OF THE PARABLE OF TEN VIRGINS

In the Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the ten virgins; five were wise, while the other five were foolish. The parable’s lesson is to see the use of wisdom and the lack thereof. The wise virgins went to meet the bridegroom well-prepared. They made a sound judgment and chose to bring flasks of oil with their lamps, which served them well. But the other five virgins brought no oil for their lamps, which was a poor judgment. They were also careless, did not plan well, and, as such, were inadequately prepared. Hence, they were termed foolish.

A lack of wisdom makes us make poor judgments, poor decisions, and poor choices. Wisdom is a divine gift. It is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. We should pray for the gift of wisdom because, as people on a pilgrimage, we need wisdom to know what to do to achieve our purpose. We need wisdom to know the right attitude of preparation and how to be awake and alert. This is because to be awake and alert in scriptural terminology means to be aware of what life is about and where we are going. It means to know clearly that our life here on earth is only for a limited time. It is transitory. There will be a day, an hour when we will be called back to God. And Jesus tells us that we neither know the day nor the hour, but surely, he must come to take us. There is no gainsaying that wisdom is vital in our judgments and for every decision and choice we make as pilgrim people. We need not just human wisdom but wisdom from God, too.

Always remember that Jesus loves you!

 

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