Catholic Kids Media – The Wise and Foolish Virgins! – Ordinary Time 32A
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins! A fun Catholic reflection for kids based on the readings for the All Saints Day.
Children, In Sunday’s Gospel, Matthew 25:1-13, Jesus tells us about another comparison to the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, teaching his disciples the importance of being prepared to receive the Kingdom of Heaven.
He tells a story of ten people waiting at a wedding for the bridegroom to arrive. The bridegroom represents Jesus returning to earth. It is dark and so the 10 people waiting all have lamps with them to light the way. But, five of them were sensible and took extra oil, so if the bridegroom was later than expected they would still be able to light his way. They were prepared.
The bridegroom was very late; it was after midnight before the ten people were asked to go out and meet him and five of them no longer had enough oil for their lamps. They had run out of oil; the spirit of Jesus, the light of Christ was no longer burning in their hearts. They were not prepared for Jesus’ return.
Sometimes things happen that we don’t expect. And we realise that we are not ready for them. We know that Jesus will return to earth one day but we don’t know exactly when. In today’s reading Jesus is telling us we should be prepared, so we are ready and waiting when he comes again.
How do you think we can make sure we are prepared for the return of Our Lord?
Closing prayer: God of all, you call us to be ready for the coming of your kingdom. Help us to listen to your word and answer your call, so that we may be found ready when your kingdom comes. Amen.
.Andrew Olive, Headteacher
Theme: Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids – Be prepared to meet Jesus
Object: Bells — one per child; flashlight
Scripture Matthew 25: 1-13
Before you begin, give each child a bell. Have kids hold the bell as still as possible until you give them further instructions.
Wow! In the past year we’ve seen many natural disasters in our world, such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and fires. One thing that we hear over and over again these days is that it’s very important for us to be prepared in case of an emergency.
I remember when I was in school, we used to have disaster drills. Sometimes it was a fire drill. They would ring the school bell three times. (Invite kids to ring their bells three times.) All of the students lined up and marched outside the school building to a safe place. When they were sure it was safe, they rang the bell two times and the students returned to their classrooms. (Invite kids to ring their bells two times.) If there was a tornado drill, they rang the bell four times. (Invite kids to ring their bells four times.) The students lined up and marched to a safe room in the center of the building where they would “duck and cover.” (Invite kids to practice ducking and covering.) The teachers always carried flashlights in case the lights went out. When it was safe, they rang the bell two times. (Invite kids to ring their bells two times.) Then the students returned to their classrooms.
It’s important to be prepared when something unexpected happens. In our school, it was important for all of the students and teachers to know the warning signal, where to go, and the signal that told them it was safe to return to their classrooms. In a tornado drill, the teachers had to make sure there were batteries in the flashlights and the flashlights were working properly. (Turn on the flashlight and shine it around the room.) Being prepared can mean the difference between safe or sorry…so be prepared.
Jesus once told a story to teach us the importance of being prepared. In Jesus’ story, ten bridesmaids took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Jesus said that five of them were foolish because they had their lamps, but they didn’t bring any extra oil to put in their lamps. When it was time to go out and meet the bridegroom, they were out of oil. The other five were very wise and well-prepared. They had brought plenty of oil for their lamps. When it was time to go out and meet the bridegroom, they were ready.
In this story, the bridegroom is Jesus and you and I are the bridesmaids. One day we’re going to meet Jesus and we must be prepared because we don’t know exactly when He’s coming. The great news is, what we do to prepare is pretty simple. We must invite Jesus to come into our hearts. When we do that, we are ready.
Closing prayer: Dear Jesus, we know one day we’ll get to meet you face to face. Help us get ready for that wonderful day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Andrew Olive, Headteacher
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 The wise and foolish virgins
Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, “The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.”
At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said “open the door for us.” But he replied, “I tell you solemnly, I do not know you.” So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’
In the daily activities of family life, we can easily find excuses for not attending to our spiritual lives. If not given top priority, prayer and reading Scripture risk becoming occasional activities rather than daily practices. In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that if we fail to give our spiritual life priority, we will find ourselves unprepared to receive Jesus. Daily prayer and spiritual practice keeps us ready to receive Jesus.
Gather together as a family and talk about some of the things our faith calls us to do every day and every week to keep God first in our lives. Talk about what might happen if we don’t do these things regularly. Explain to your family that Jesus taught us that it is important to keep ourselves ready to receive him when he comes again. Tell them to listen as you read the parable that Jesus tells in today’s Gospel. Read aloud Matthew 25:1-13. Talk with your family about why Jesus says that it is so important to remain ready to receive the Kingdom of Heaven. Pray together that your family will always keep God first in your lives so that you will all be prepared to receive Jesus when he comes. Pray together the Act of Hope.