The wise person is easily recognized; they exude calm and peace. They think before speaking and when doing so are honest and thoughtful. Their presence draws others to them for counsel and leadership. They are mindful of the future, planning and preparing, offering hope about the struggles of life. The wise person is the politician, businessperson, spiritual leader, teacher, physician, mom, dad, and next-door neighbor. Wisdom is always “found by those who seek her.”
While we do not light lamps with oil these days, we do run our cars on gasoline and/or electricity. Drivers know that when a light on the fuel gauge appears the vehicle has only a few miles left before coming to an abrupt stop. Without fuel we could find ourselves stranded on a highway alone, yet, sometimes fate is tested, and the light ignored. We all know that feeling of panic when a gas station is not nearby. If only we had planned. If only we had not been so foolish. If only we had paid attention and not been in a hurry. We say a prayer and promise never to do it again.
Jesus is not concerned about our cars running out of gas or lamps running out of oil. He is, however, concerned that we prepare ourselves every day for meeting God. He uses the lamp owners who run out of oil as an example of what happens when we become distracted and do not pay attention to what is most important. Running out of lamp oil or fuel for our cars are minor compared to becoming distracted from God.
Save the Date!
In the spirit of preparation, we invite you to “A Pause before Thanksgiving”, on Sunday, November 22 at 11:00 am via Zoom. Fr. Randy Roche, SJ and I will be hosting a brief gathering of gratitude prior to Thanksgiving Day. While this has been a difficult year there is still much to be grateful for. Join us as we call to mind and acknowledge our blessings!
More information will follow in the next few weeks here in our newsletter!