In todayís gospels and next Sundayís as we hear stories from Jesus about those who waste their lives because they hide behind the false pride of saying that they are not very good.
It is of course Godís fault that they are not very good, so itís Godís fault that they donít do much with their lives.
They are content to be mediocre because that seems pretty safe Jesus did not like slackers.
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
Would that you were hot or cold, but since you are lukewarm I will vomit you out of my mouth. The unwise bridesmaids are slackers, giddy, silly young women who wanted to be part of the dining and music and dancing at the wedding party but as many young people of either gender do, they were not quite able to see a relation between the goal of joining the fun and the lamps that they must light for the ceremonial entrance to the marriage ceremony. The lamps were the reason they were there.
If for one reason or another they could not light their lamps, then they had no claim on entering into the party. Indeed the bride had undoubtedly chosen them because she believed their beauty would impress the groom and his family. She must have assumed that they had the common sense and the responsibility to carry enough oil so that their lamps would not go out.
Wait till you see my attendants, she said to the young man.
There will be ten of them, five on each side, to escort you and your family into the wedding ceremony.
So when the groom showed up late (in our society the opposite seems to be the more common phenomenon), he must have been startled that there were only five young women to escort his entourage. Perhaps he had made promises to his family about how elegant the circumstances of their entry was going to be.
He was quite properly furious and, one must assume, so was bride who had been let down by her friends.
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
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