True Discipleship

Reading I: Wisdom 6:12-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

In any endeavor, readiness for such an activity necessitates preparation. Ten virgins went to welcome the groom at a wedding celebration. The foolish bridesmaids had the willingness to do such. They were well-disposed, but they failed to plan and to prepare themselves properly. The wise virgins came prepared. Nothing beautiful happens without preparation. It is hard to imagine a happy marriage if the couple did not grow up as responsible and generous people or if the marriage was not preceded by a good courtship. We do not expect somebody to be a successful technician if he has not learned to be industrious and has not undergone proper training. We will not have polite and helpful children if they have not learned these qualities from us.
We all have dreams and are waiting for beautiful things to happen in our lives. We dream of having honors in school, to make good and pass examinations, to finish the degree that we have chosen with flying colors, to pursue higher education, to enter priestly or religious vocation or to have a happy family or to live in peace with everybody. If so, we need to pay the price to achieve such dreams by preparing ourselves properly. As Christians, there is a need to keep in mind the ultimate and purpose in life. He looks for the joy of the Lord in faithfulness to his teaching. A true disciple is one whose life is filled with deeds of love, mercy and forgiveness. The most appropriate preparation for the coming of Christ in glory is deeds that befit true discipleship.
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