"Watching and Waiting"
Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Every one of us is seeking the Lord in our lives. In today’s responsorial we find images of seeking and keeping vigil. The psalmist writes, “O God, you are my God whom I seek” and “through the night watches I will meditate on you.” The ten virgins in our gospel reading are eager to celebrate with the bridegroom but his return is delayed. This parable suggests these women are waiting for the Lord’s arrival in glory. The first reading is a hymn to wisdom, who is “found by those who seek her.”
Each of these readings call you and me to seek and to be prepared. As we near the end of the liturgical year, we hear parables that relate to the end of time. We do not know the hour of the Lord’s return nor do we know the hour when our lives will end. St. Paul tells us that “now is an acceptable time.” We are called to stay awake and to be prepared. We are called to live the Gospel of love and life. How would living with the end of time in mind shape your life and the decisions you make?
We continue our prayers for the deceased of the parish and all our loved ones during the month of November. May all the faithful departed rest in peace!
We pray for our newly elected public officials. May they exercise their authority according to the Gospel of love and life.
Thank you for your prayers. I appreciate your care and support as I recover from surgery.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len