32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 25:1-13Wisdom is personified. It makes an appeal for us to cherish it, learn from it and live it.
The parable of the wise and foolish virgins further explains what wisdom is. Wisdom focuses on three points, according to a homily of St. Agustine:
1. Both of them have lamps that symbolize their good works. But the good works of the foolish are only for the esteem of men and women. They don't reach heaven.
2. "The bridegroom is late in coming" symbolizes ample time for repentance and conversion. But the foolish delay conversion till the last minute, even totally abandoning it till Christ, the groom, would come.
3. The cry - symbolizes the end of the world where the loudest sounds of heaven would be heard. The wise virgins have ample oil to light the bride as she meets the bride groom; while the foolish ones have to go back to the empty esteem of men and women, hoping that their good actions may merit heaven.
Would our actions lead to heaven? Let's hope so.