We continue on our journey toward our final destination.
As the holiday season approaches, those of us who travel are starting to
make preparations for our trips: spending time researching our destinations,
planning our itineraries, and gathering what we need to ensure an enjoyable trip.
Similarly, as we approach the end of the Liturgical year, the readings ask us to
reflect on the wisdom of a seasoned traveler in life’s journey.
In the first reading, The Book of Wisdom offers us valuable insights into the
importance of cultivating wisdom and knowledge in our lives. Just as a seasoned
traveler invests time and effort into researching and preparing for a trip, we also
are called to invest in our spiritual growth and prepare ourselves for not only this
earthly life but also eternal life. In our spiritual journey, we are encouraged to
seek wisdom and discern God’s will. By following God’s guidance, we can
navigate the challenges and joys of life with greater clarity and purpose.
In the second reading, St. Paul addresses the Thessalonians’ community
and reminds them, as well as us, of our ultimate destination: to be with Christ.
Our faith in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus assures us of the hope of
eternal life. Our belief in eternal life with the Lord should inspire us to remain
faithful and steadfast on our journey. It serves as a reminder that our present
struggles and challenges are temporary compared to the eternal glory that awaits
us. By focusing on Christ and His teachings, we can overcome the ups and
downs of life with hope, perseverance, and joy.
We may wonder how do we overcome these ups and downs and remain
faithful to God. In today’s Gospel reading, the parable of the ten virgins provides
us with an answer. Being well-prepared for the Lord’s coming is likened to having
enough oil for our lamps. This oil represents our training in the righteousness of
Christ by loving God with all our hearts, souls, and minds and loving our neighbor
as well. Righteousness is manifested through acts of compassion, love, and
kindness towards all those who come into our lives, especially the suffering and
those facing hardships and turmoil. Our shared faith and commitment to
righteousness can strengthen us as we navigate the challenges and joys of life.
Rev. Dominic Toan Tran, Pastor
At this time of year, as many of us prepare for our earthly travels, let us also
reflect on our journey towards eternal life. May we seek wisdom in knowing
where we are headed, remain faithful to Christ’s teachings, and cultivate
righteousness in our relationships with God and others. Let us become ever
more seasoned travelers in this pilgrimage of life, and may we encourage and
support one another as we continue on our journey toward our final destination to
be with Christ forever.