watchful" is a very important command of Christ found in
Scriptures. "Be watchful and pray, lest you enter into
temptation; because the devil is like a roaring lion seeking someone
to devour, because your fight is with principalities and
Our life on earth is likened to
night. We need a lamp and have to be watchful.
The lighted lamp is the symbol of
complete knowledge of the commands of Christ as found in the New
Testament, a result of the apostles' work in "preaching all the
commands of Christ and how to observe them." God gives each
baptized person this lighted lamp . . . with a little oil that would
last up to the time we reach the age of reason. From then on, we
have to provide our own oil.
The "watchfulness" Christ
is referring to is not watching others around you, but watching the
inner man. Solomon said: "Consider your heart at every
watch." When you watch, you must look inside yourself and see
whether your heart desires the things that Christ has commanded;
whether your will and God's will are one. That is watchfulness.
If and when you know all the
commands of Christ, which is rare these days, and if your heart's
desire is to do God's will, which is even rarer, you still are not
considered as watchful. You need oil, that had run out when you
reached the age of reason; you need plenty of oil-- enough to light
your lamp until you die or until the end of the world, whichever
The oil is obedience to the
commands of Christ. If you know all the teachings of Christ and
desire from your heart to do God's will, you will surely act on
those commands. Every time you obey the commands of Christ, you
increase your supply of oil . . . hopefully to last you till the
The Gospel tells us of two kinds of
virgins: the foolish and the wise. The foolish virgins apparently
knew all the commands of Christ--desired in their hearts to do only
God's will, had oil . . . but the oil was not enough. It didn't
quite last till the end. The wise virgins also knew all the commands
of Christ--desired in their hearts to do only God's will, had oil .
. . but had oil up to the end.
Take note what the wise virgins
told the foolish ones when the latter asked for oil because their
lamps were going out: "Our oil is not enough for us and for
you." The meaning is this: Whatever God has given us--money,
possessions, sufferings, virtues and even our own prayer and
fasting--are just enough for our salvation. But if in some way we
waste some of them, then we really don't have enough for both.
"Each one will be judged by his own righteous deeds" . . .
by his own oil and not by the deeds of others. So go to the stores
and obtain your own oil . . . now.
Everything that God has given us
must be used in accordance to the commands of Christ, i.e., for our
eternal salvation. If we ever use them for other worldly purposes,
for indulging in the pleasures of the world, stuck in business, for
sinful acts, to give in to our lust, gluttony and anger, as
inheritance for our children's enjoyment, etc. . . we have wasted
our opportunities and will surely run out of oil. But then, we
probably don't even know the commands of Christ and our hearts'
desire is nowhere close to the will of God. Then, not only do we not
have oil, we do not even have a lighted lamp nor are we
spiritual virgins . . .thus, surely, we shall be caught unprepared
by death or by the second coming of Christ. And the words we shall
hear from Christ are: "I know you not."