Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

August 31, 2012

Mary Clare Lally

Sophomore, Business and Theology Double Major

1 Cor 1:17-25
Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11
Matt 25:1-13

"Bible Roulette," opening up the Bible to a random verse of the Bible, can be a risky practice. When it leads me to discover a verse such as the one I found last night, I am filled with awe:

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate" -Proverbs 31:30-31

Though discovered by chance, this verse fits well with today's Gospel. Within the group of virgins mentioned in Jesus' parable, there were two segments: those who were prepared for the future and those who were not. As with most life experiences, the women who had prepared were better off. This can be an application to all of our lives; on Judgment Day, there will only be these two kinds of people: those whose souls were ready, and those whose souls were in a state of sin.

We know neither the day nor the hour of judgment. Therefore, it is necessary for us to keep our souls in a perpetual state of grace. Like many theories, this belief sounds reasonable, but is difficult in practice. Day after day, we are tempted by sin, wondering if it is worth it to hold out for this "eternal life" of which we are told. There are days where we think we know what will be best for us in the long run. However, this is proven wrong in the first reading:

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside" -1 Corinthians 1:19

It may not always be easy, but we must remember to stay awake and be ready. Those who fear the Lord will be rewarded at the city gate.

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