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final goal—aspect of the parable, nor the judgment aspect, which are important and shape our faith, hope and love. I put before us an image I’ve never heard linked with this gospel: you and I are the oil. Oil soothes and assists healing. Comfort one another with these words, to use St. Paul’s exhortation. Our oil Pope Paul VI named our attending capacity: “the capacity to heed the imploring of voices of the world of innocent souls, of those who suffer, who have no peace, no comfort, no guidance, no love.”1
- Pause in the Trinity, who creates you.
- Ask the wise maidens, who longed for the bridegroom, to present you to Jesus.
- Praise Jesus for crowning you in baptism and confirmation with the oil of gladness,2 Jesus’ Holy Spirit, given us in those sacraments.
- Ask him for grace to proclaim the kingdom by the way you live, choose and act.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. It gives us words to say when praying isn't easy; when our words fail; above all, it outlines Catholic living in the clearest way on life’s often unclear path.
- Summi Dei Verbum (On the 4th Centenary of the Institution of Seminaries) , 1963. The pope named that “capacity” as indispensable for seminarians. It is equally true of all ministries flowing from baptism.
- Cyril of Jerusalem used the phrase in his third homily to the newly baptized. The phrase is scriptural, Psalm 45.8, and it abides in the blessing of Chrism by the bishop of each diocese at its annual Chrism Mass.