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finance nov2017The Lord Jesus Christ frequently spoke of the kingdom, often in parables. One of those appears at the beginning of the twenty-fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry.

“ ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour” (Matthew 25:1-13).

The fundamental message of Christ’s parable is clear: As the Bride of Christ, we await the bridegroom, the Lord’s return. Defined by our vigilant faithfulness, we watch. We wait, believing our fidelity to the mission of the Church focuses our efforts and aligns our vision. Jesus is our example. God is our supply. In the parable, each group of five—the wise, as well as the foolish—were granted the resources to serve. They had lamps and they had oil. In addition, the members of each group apparently retained whatever funds guaranteed their lamps could stay fully trimmed. What distinguished the wise from the foolish was their planning and their preparation. They were ready for a long night. The countless sets of variables we encounter demand our vigilance and a commitment to plan ahead too. Thinking of tomorrow is simply part of today’s business. We take Jesus at his word. He will return. In gratitude and readiness, we plan on it.

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
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