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."
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St. Margaret of Scotland (Feast Day November 16)
1045 - NOVEMBER 16, 1093
St. Margaret of Scotland, or Margaret of Wessex, was an English princess born in Hungary. She was shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland, where she eventually married Malcolm Canmore III, the king of Scotland. Margaret worked to help the poor in Scotland, encouraging people to live a devout life, grow in prayer, and grow in holiness. She was well-known for her deep life of prayer and piety and raising their six sons and two daughters with deep faith. She had certain times for prayer and reading Scripture. She ate sparingly and slept little in order to have time for devotions. She and Malcolm kept two Lents, one before Easter and one before Christmas. During these times, she always rose at midnight for Mass. On the way home she would wash the feet of six poor people and give them alms. She was always surrounded by beggars in public and never refused them. It is recorded that she never sat down to eat without first feeding nine orphans and 24 adults.
TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR
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- Compare and contrast the actions of the wise and foolish virgins. What does this parable teach us about being prepared for Jesus' second coming?
- What does Jesus mean when he says, "Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour"?
- What are some ways you can prepare for Jesus' coming this Advent season?