Little Whispers, Winston Rondario

The Time Is Now

First Reading
1 THES 4:1-8

Brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God–
and as you are conducting yourselves–
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

This is the will of God, your holiness:
that you refrain from immorality,
that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himself
in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion
as do the Gentiles who do not know God;
not to take advantage of or exploit a brother or sister in this matter,
for the Lord is an avenger in all these things,
as we told you before and solemnly affirmed.
For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness.
Therefore, whoever disregards this,
disregards not a human being but God,
who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 97:1 AND 2B, 5-6, 10, 11-12
R. (12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The LORD loves those who hate evil;
he guards the lives of his faithful ones;
from the hand of the wicked he delivers them.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Gospel
MT 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.”


time

“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

REFLECTION

“You can’t see me, my time is now.” – John Cena 2010

The Lord tells us that we must always prepare for the Second Coming of His Son, Jesus Christ. The Gospel sternly warns us of the horrors of being caught unprepared.

I remember in a certain school in Ortigas, I went to confession there. The thing is, this was my first time to go to confession after a really long time. So, when the priest asked me when my last confession was, I answered honestly, “About six months ago, Father.”  When he heard this, he told me something, something that up to this day rattled me to my core.

He then proceeded to tell me that I was living life in a state of mortal sin. He told me, “What do you think will happen if you die before you can confess? You go to hell. But our God is a God of chances. That’s why He gave us the sacrament of Reconciliation. No payment, no requirements, just go in, tell us your sins, we tell you what to do, you pray and you move on. You may sin again, you surely will, but you will be prepared.” 

And ever since that day, I have made it a point to go to confession as often as possible. I suggest you do the same.

Prayer 
Lord, I thank you for every waking moment that you gave us. My we use this as a chance to make peace with you so that when you call upon us, we come with you without regrets.

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