Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Nov. 12, 2023

Reflection for Nov. 12, 2023

A parable about preparedness

It's all about getting ready for the Kingdom of God

by Renae Bauer

Sunday’s readings are clear: Be like the five women who took their lamp and oil with them to greet the wedding procession. Because they were prepared, they entered the wedding feast. How can you and I be ready for God’s wedding feast, the Kingdom of Heaven?

  • Pray for Jesus’ guidance
  • Hear the Good News every day; there’s daily Mass in person and online, and lots of daily email services
  • Study Scripture and authors on the topic
  • Attend retreats and adult education opportunities
  • Volunteer for your parish’s RCIA process or faith formation program or Catholic school
  • Be good news to others

image by Ain Vares,, image used with permission.



Sister Laura Zelten
11/10/2023 6:06 am

Thanks, Renae, for the good advice on steps to be ready. The image you shared is beautiful.

11/10/2023 8:56 am

The flame of light and warmth, as it glows from within each of the women, illuminating what is all around them, is very striking. It can take our breath away.

It reminds me how we have each received "the Light of Christ" in our baptism, along with the prayer to "carry this Light throughout our life." The following tells what happened as we received that "Light" as part of our baptism-into-Christ:


The celebrant takes the Easter candle and says: "Receive the light of Christ."

Someone from the family (such as the father or godfather) lights the child's candle from the Easter candle.

The celebrant then says: "Parents and godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. He (she) is to walk always as a child of the light. May he (she) keep the flame of faith alive in his (her) heart. When the Lord comes, may he (she) go out to meet him with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom."

As JESUS, himself, tells us: "Let your light shine. Don't let anyone or anything put it out." [Matt. 5: 14-16; John 8: 12]

Thank you for sharing the Light of Christ, Renae. You are a living witness to the Word spoken through John:

"The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it." [John 1: 5]

11/10/2023 9:18 am

I really like this image - beautifully done! Thanks for your ideas for ways of preparing for the wedding feast of heaven.

Cheryl Mueller
11/10/2023 10:55 am

A picture is truly worth 10,000 words. Your few words also speak volumes, Thank you

Diann Wimmer
11/10/2023 2:38 pm

Yes, Renae, thank you for the list of reasons why we should attend carefully to our "supply of Oil". So well written!

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