Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:1-13
Imagine a bride during the days of Jesus, adorned in her wedding attire and awaiting her groom. From her appearance, it would seem that she has done everything expected in preparation for the moment. Her dress is without blemish, her purity is untainted, her wick is trimmed and her lamp is lit. As she hears the anticipated cry that the bridegroom is coming, she notices her flame is burning out. It suddenly occurs to her that she is not as prepared as she once assumed.
It seems harmless, but she has neglected the oil supply and because of this she has compromised her flame, forfeiting her place next to her bridegroom by seeking oil elsewhere. Thinking she has rectified the situation, she goes back to her groom, only to be denied entrance because she is recognized not as His beloved but as a stranger. This bride lacked something money could not buy and appearances could not compensate, that is intimacy.
We know this story well, only there were ten virgin brides with their lamps and only five of them were fully prepared to meet the Bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13). We see evidence of the anointing (oil) and the fire on all of their lives. Many times we think that is all that is needed to move with God – more anointing and more fire. We take them both for granted. These elements are important in the church and we need both because we cannot sustain the fire of God without His anointing. However, the fire and the oil are ultimately sustained by intimacy with God.
If you were to light a dry wick of an empty oil lamp, you would soon find a much shorter wick because the flame would devour it and pretty soon, the flame would go out. Without closeness to Christ, the anointing goes and the fire follows suit. Intimacy is what separates and consecrates us from the world and from mere religion while drawing us ever closer to our first Love. The fate of the dry wick is what happens to those who want to burn, but don’t make time with the Holy Spirit a priority. Many rely on just attendance at Sunday mass or fellowships without making out time daily to spend quality time with the Lord in prayer, adoration, regular reception of the Holy Communion, engaging in works of charity and service in the house of God. Though such Christians feel satisfied but they are simply religious and cannot enjoy the fullness of the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It takes a short time for the little oil in the Christian to burn off, and then he becomes weak and is unable to live life in the Spirit. (Romans 8:5-6)
Acts 6:8-15; Ps 119:23-24.26-27.29-30(R.1b); Accl Mt 4:4b; Gosp Jn 6:22-29 WEEKDAY OF EASTER
- Take meditatively the prayer to the Holy Spirit by Cardinal Mercier and “Daily Consecration to God” in DSD.
Exercise: Join the (DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (TIME:1.00 am to 2.00 am) Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber.
DSPN Prayer Points
- Pray that the Lord will provide for all DSD financial partners
- Take the prayer “Overcoming demonic/wicked conspiracies” in “AMEN IT IS DONE” pages 46
Meditation: Acts 2:3.