When I was a kid I was bothered by this weekend’s gospel passage. I couldn’t believe the good virgins wouldn’t share their oil. Now I understand the oil is symbolic. It is a symbol of readiness.
When we put oil on our hands it doesn’t evaporate it sinks in. The same thing happens when an athlete practices. The training goes deep inside their muscles and their body memory.
When we live the life of virtue as a Christian, these actions go deep inside of our character. When we live a holy life we’re ready for the Master’s return.
There is a cost in being ready. The time and effort that it takes to get ready is the cost. When the ten virgins say to go to the merchants and buy the oil this is a the reference to the cost of being ready.
We are approaching the end of a liturgical year and it’s a reminder for us to be ready for the Master’s return.
Sincerely in Christ,
Very Reverend Andrew Kemberling, V.F.