Some of us are planners who like to work ahead. Others are incurable procrastinators who work best under pressure, or so they say. The rest probably fall somewhere in the middle. As we approach the end of the liturgical year, the readings for Mass remind us to be spiritually prepared for the Lord’s return. Most of us undoubtedly are not as prepared as we ought to be.
Our faith teaches us that Jesus will return in glory one day and we believe that we will see him at the end of our earthly lives. Yet we too assume that both of these events are far off so we don’t worry ourselves with it much. We forget that our lamps, like the virgins’ lamps must be trimmed every day not just on our last day. What have we done with the light we received at our baptism? Do we begin our day asking Christ to be our light in the darkness we encounter as we stumble through life?
We don’t need to wait for the end of our lives to prepare ourselves, because the Kingdom of God is with us now, but, we need the light. His light shows us the way, and leads us to share it with stranger and friend alike. The light we receive through God’s gift of mercy and understanding can direct us toward those who are longing to hear that God loves them. We must stay spiritually awake and be prepared with our light to build up the Kingdom in our midst. There’s nothing foolish about that!