The daily Theology lessons I went through between 1948 an 1952 were equally divided between Dogmatic Theology classes and Moral Theology classes. Our Dogmatic Theology classes schooled us in the beliefs of the Catholic Church. Our Moral Theology classes schooled us in avoiding the sins against God's Commandments and the Commandments of the Church.
The Second Vatican Council revolutionized our approach to Theology, replacing the old Moral Theology with an oft-oft-repeated exhortation for us to live lives of holiness.
In Chapter Twenty-Five of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus gave us three parables which together describe a holy life. The first of the three, "The Parable of the Talents," checks on the use we have made of the advantages we were born with. The third of the three, "The Parable of the Sheep and Goats" checks on our truly loving our fellow men
Our Gospel today gives us the second of Our Lord's parables from Chapter Twenty-Five of Matthew's Gospel. His "Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins" checks on whether or not we have kept love for God alive in our hears, living lives of true holiness.
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