Today’s first reading from the book of Revelation talks about Jesus in a very different way from what we are used to. When we think of Jesus, we think of a man, a teacher, someone who talks to us about God. When we use our faith to think about Jesus, we remember that He isn’t just a regular human being, we open the eyes of our heart to see him with spiritual vision: Jesus is God, He is divine, He is eternal. That isn’t something we know because it is obvious, it is something we know because we use our faith, because we believe. If we believe that Jesus is God, it makes everything He says and does very powerful for us, and it changes how important His words and actions are for us. You can think about how wonderful it is when you have a special family dinner together like at Thanksgiving. Jesus used to have special dinners together with His disciples. Imagine what it would be like to have a special guest at your family dinner, imagine what it would be like to have Jesus at dinner, what it would be like to have God at dinner with your family. Jesus came to show us that God is not far away from our normal lives: Jesus brings God into the everyday lives of the people He created and loves.
The parable of the ten virgins gives us an important teaching about how we live our lives here below, and how we must think about Christ’s coming. Many comparisons could be drawn between ourselves and the virgins, and we are compelled to put ourselves in the parable. We are almost forced us to ask ourselves the question: am I a wise virgin or a foolish virgin? The good news is that if we can still ask ourselves the question, we have not yet fallen asleep and if we find ourselves to be foolish we can seek wisdom. The two readings we have today lead us to consider these two themes in connection with the Gospel parable.
Today’s readings make the comparison between divine instruction, divine love, and food. We have to stop sometimes to consider that it was God Himself who made our stomachs. It was God’s idea to make us dependent on food and drink for our survival and happiness in this life. God could have created us however He wanted to, and He made us in such a way that we pass most of our lives thinking about food and drink. It doesn’t seem very spiritual of Him to have done such a thing, but He created a powerful platform to use when He wanted to speak to us. God speaks to us through hunger – hunger is something He created, not just a result of evolution. We have to be careful when we consider our material existence: God’s hand was in all of it – it is only mundane because WE consider it separately from Him.