In the month of November, we remember our beloved dead. The parable of ten bridesmaids reminds us of the necessity to be prepared for our own death which might occur at any time and in any place. It is certain that our earthly pilgrimage must eventually come to an end.
How do I then prepare for the meeting with the Lord? The best way is to frequently examine my conscience. Is the lamp (representing the love of God and my neighbor) going out? If yes, it needs more oil (such as found in the reconciliation and infused grace of the sacrament of confession).
In the past, there were long lines of penitents waiting for hours to receive the sacrament of penance during the season of Advent. The present sight of some confessionals being degraded to the rank of storage rooms should not lead us to the foolish conclusion that sin has disappeared altogether. If our souls are soiled, let us make the wise decision of making an appointment with a priest for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When you knock at the door, God opens it and says: “Yes, I know You as You are and I love You.” Make a gift for your soul even prior to Black Friday, and join the team of wise bridesmaids.
– Fr. Toni Baranowski SJ