Melissa speaks from Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the bridesmaids. While one would think the moral is about not letting your lamps run out of oil, rather it’s about staying awake. We are all facing the problem of coming unprepared and then falling asleep. It’s a warning to each of us about the lives we live.
We are to stay awake at the suffering around us and to see Jesus there. When our lamps are empty, we need to find other people who can help fill us up. That oil in the lamps is the work of the Spirit, the work of God among us. It’s the work of the Spirit among the poor and those in prison, the disenfranchised, the undocumented, and the sick. We’re asked to keep our eyes open, to stay awake!