Devotion for Saturday after Lent 2

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“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” ~ Matthew 25:1-13

Especially when we are young, we tend to think that we have plenty of time to prepare to meet the Lord. Maybe we want to have some fun before we settle down, and our fun doesn’t glorify the Lord. Perhaps we have settled down and are giving our attention to making money and accomplishing our goals in life, and we neglect our spiritual life. Jesus tells us to be alert for we don’t know the day or the hour that He will return. We don’t know the day and hour of our own death, either. So whether He returns in our lifetime or later, we need to be always prepared to meet Him.

Lord God, let me get my spiritual life in order, so that whenever I stand before the judgment seat, I am ready. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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