Your Choice, Be Ready Or Be Lost – Memorial Of St Augustine, Bishop And Doctor Of The Church

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

Gospel – 8/28/20 – Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“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.”

Today, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Augustine. The Gospel is really pertinent to his life.

This man who gave us our “Catholic Guilt” indeed was known to speak authoritatively on Church beliefs and teachings, an offshoot of his studies in rhetoric.

Eventually, being named bishop of Hippo. But prior to his conversion to Christianity through his mother’s intercessory prayers for him he was . . . well, he was a little bit of a rake.

He had a child with his mistress. He had no trouble flaunting his rakishness and licentious lifestyle.

You could say, that he was lucky enough to have a flask of oil like 5 of the virgins today.

It wasn’t like he was preparing in his youth but lived his youth like the virgins who didn’t prepare.

But like St Paul, God had a use for Augustine. He didn’t run from God. But, his mother, St Monica may have brought him extra oil with her prayers.

When he converted he became a Christian on steroids. He was a prolific writer and wrote one of the greatest pieces of literature to the Church, his “Confessions” which was an autobiography.

Ultimately, we can either hope to be prepared – that God saves us from ourselves. Or we can be prepared on our own when the bridegroom comes.

I just know, I don’t want to be caught with no oil when He shows up.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

3 thoughts on “Your Choice, Be Ready Or Be Lost – Memorial Of St Augustine, Bishop And Doctor Of The Church

    1. Clay, thank you for your affirmation of what we’re trying to do here. It is not me – you know me and what I’m capable of so, I have to credit the Holy Spirit in all this. But, without the affirmation of those reading it I find sometimes that I begin to wonder if I’m doing what I am called to do.

      Thank you for your kind words. I am trying so hard to keep these up to date.

      Your affirming my work makes it easier to keep going.

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