Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that they kept others out of the Kingdom of God with their false teachings. Nathanael doubted that the Messiah would come from Nazareth but changed his mind upon realizing that the Lord already knew him when they first met. In Biblical times, a bride and her bridesmaids didn’t know when the groom’s party would arrive to escort them to the wedding celebration. In Jesus’ parable about ten bridesmaids, five missed the nighttime arrival because they went in search of more oil for their torches. Waiting for the Lord can mean joyful readiness or anxiety as we realize our shortcomings. God entrusts each person with gifts and talents. When we tire of trying or want to delay doing something good, do we consider that each opportunity only comes once?