Today's first reading (Paul's "advice about virgins" "in view of the present time of distress") and the Gospel (Luke's hard-hitting version of the beatitudes) really go well together. Both readings are about the "here and now" of living in faith. There is an urgency that determines just how one should respond to events and opportunities: it matters! The Lukan beatitudes are particularly unsettling, because they are clearly not analogies of any kind. Jesus means what he says: "Blessed are you who are poor now"--and then a few moments later, "Woe to you who are rich now." I rather suspect that we are hearing some "ipsissima verba" in this Gospel text: some of the selfsame words Jesus spoke.
Truly, "this is a hard saying."