Do we have enough oil for our lamps? Fr. David Romero, SJ, reflects on being ready for the Lord by being active disciples in the world, here and now. Based on the readings for Sunday, November 8, 2020.
In Hamilton, Aaron Burr says he’s willing to wait for it…I’m not.
Hi, I’m David Romero, and this is my One-Minute Homily.
There’s urgency in our readings this week. The theme? Stay watchful and ready for the coming of Love into this world. The bridegroom is soon to arrive, but he is delayed. Some prepare their lamps for that great advent, while others don’t.
It’s about responsible discipleship. Discipleship isn’t passive waiting for the end times. Like the maidens, Christians may know what is needed—oil (i.e. good deeds)—but they may lose the opportunity for proper action.
Vigilance isn’t simply waiting for the future – it’s engagement in the present that determines the future. It’s about preparation now.
The time we are given is precious and precarious, and we want to live lives that “matter.” But our struggles to make a living derail us from making a life, a life that is centered on love, on an awareness of God’s presence, and on contributing to the greater good of all.
Today is a good day for us to check our lamps, and the light we are producing.