Wednesday 9 August 2017
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin, Martyr– Feast
|(Hosea ii, 16,17,21-22; Matthew xxv, 1-13)|
The is a story said of about a night watchman. One day frantically he went to his master and said, “Master! I had a terrible dream last night. The plane in which you were travelling crashed and all the passengers on board were killed. I know you are travelling today. Please, don’t go. My dreams always come true.”
The Master who was getting ready to travel cancelled his ticket and stayed at home. For sure, it came to pass that the plane crashed.
The master called his watchman and thanked him for saving his life and then paid him full salary and dismissed him. The watchman complained but the master told him. “I am terminating you not because you saved my life, but for your dereliction of duty. You are a night watchman and instead of keeping a watch on my house and properties, you were sleeping and busy dreaming.”
Today Jesus narrate the parable of the ten virgins. The Jews never met in synagogue, nor celebrated any rite or circumcision or any celebration without the quorum which was minimum of ten people.
The 5 foolish virgins represent the false believers,;who profess but not practice. They are unfaithful servant (Mt xxiv,45-51). Isaia call them hypocrites as testified by Mark (vii,6). These will be caught unaware since they are not vigilant.
The other 5 represent the believing and practicing Christians. They are the faithful servants keeping their faith guarded 24/7.
These will be betrothed in faithfulness and will come to know the Lord. St. Theresa Benedetta and all other who guarded their faith even dying for that faith kept vigil. We celebrate her feast and may we through her intercession and her good examples be also vigilant.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.