You might know the parable of the ten virgins. In today’s reading they were not called virgins anymore but bridesmaids. In any way, the point is that five of them were wise, the other five were foolish. The wise (let’s call them ) women were prepared and had enough oil to keep their lamps burning to welcome the groom and escort him to the wedding. The foolish women went off to get more oil, missed the groom and were not let in to the festivities. The moral: “Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

If you ignore the fact that the wise women didn’t share their oil with the others and didn’t open the doors for them to let them in – then the point of this parable isn’t a bad one.

Don’t bee foolish.

Pádraig had a good day today, with carers helping him in the morning and good friends coming for a visit and a chat in the afternoon. Together with the now usual Thursday visits, his friends are really sticking with him. And each time they visit, he is having a great time, participating in live, laughter, humour, news, whatever is going on. To realise how important this is, you just have to imagine the opposite: being alone, isolated, left behind.

Today, twice, Pádraig had meals that were not minced. Among the food he had (cut into small pieces) were sausages, chicken, vegetables and potatoes. And he ate this without any problem. How small things can make you happy!