#MyMassTakeaway: No Piggybacking to Heaven

Today’s the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 12, 2017

My takeaway:

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#MyMassTakeaway: No piggybacking to Heaven. . I love hospitality. I love to have people over for dinner, and cook, and entertain. There's something special about sharing what I have with others. About giving as much as I can, of my own resources, and of myself, to help others out. There's something about being in it together, and helping each other along the way. . So why didn't those selfish virgins share? A little oil for me, a little for you. Or, if there's not enough oil to go around, step aside a little. There's room in the light of my lamp for both of us. . It's not because they're selfish. It's because I'm not looking at this story the right way. I'm caught up in the worldly implications, and missing the spiritual truths. This isn't about sharing temporal resources. It's about grace. And somethings just aren't transferable. This parable is about pursuing holiness. And if you don't do it for yourself, no one else can do it for you. . The oil represents graces. Virtues. Prayer life. Those 5 silly virgins neglected this aspect of their prayer life. And they wanted to ride on the merit of those who did. But you can't slide into Heaven because your mom prays, or your grandma loves Jesus, or your husband goes to church. . Some things you have to do for yourself. You have to live your own life. You have to love God. You have to pray. You have to choose faith hope and charity and all the other virtues. You can't borrow that from others. . Don't wait until it's too late and the doors are locked. Stock up on your oil now for the day the bridegroom comes.

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