If we believe that Jesus is true God and true man, we know that everything he prophesied will happen. If we are not like the five foolish virgins who did not have enough oil to enter Heaven (good works, charity toward neighbour, search for wisdom etc…) but more like the wise virgins always clean in their conscience and pure in heart, we will not be surprised when Jesus comes in his Glory.
When will the end of the world come? This is what St Paul revealed:
“… the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. It is when people are saying, ‘How quiet and peaceful it is’ that the worst suddenly happens, as suddenly as labour pains come on a pregnant woman; and there will be no way for anybody to evade it. But it is not as if you live in the dark, my brothers, for that Day to overtake you like a thief. No, you are all sons of light and sons of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness, so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober.” (1Th.5:1-6)
Today, we listen to the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. It prepares us for the Final Judgement. Are we like the two men who received a huge inheritance and who work at producing more according to the expectations of the master? Or are we more like the third man who feared the master and buried the talent he received without producing anything in return?
The Son of God came down on earth to reveal God’s love and mercy to us since we gravely offended Him in many ways after Adam and Eve’s sins of pride and disobedience. Through Baptism we received the priceless gifts of Grace, the Trinitarian life in our soul with the gifts of faith, hope and charity. Our good Lord does not expect us to bury and hide those gifts. For example, parents are called to pass on their knowledge and love of God to their children. Musicians can play at Mass instead of keeping their gift for their own pleasure.
None of us know the day and time we will die. Therefore, we need to examine our life every day at prayer time, in the light of God’s Commandments, especially the last one about charity toward our neighbour.
Do I live for myself or for God?