November 12, 2017

32nd Sun., Ordinary Time

November 12, 2017:  Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

See 15 connections with today?Legend below

For the gospel
For 2nd reading

For Psalm 63
For upcoming celebrations
Pope Francis Angelus
"Stay awake" means "be prepared."  Collaborate with God's grace right now.  The lamp represents the faith that illuminates our lives; the oil, charity that fuels the lamp making faith fruitful and credible.  A life poor in charity lacks true light.  If we're guided by convenience and just protect our interests, we become sterile and don't nourish others; we don't store oil for the lamp of our faith.  To be ready to meet the Lord, we need not only faith, but also love and charity for others.  Be vigilant and try to do good through acts of love, sharing, and service to those in need.  We know the Lord may come any time, but even death won't scare us if we have a supply of oil we've accumulated through good works.  Faith inspires charity and charity safeguards faith.
  • Wis 6:12-16  Wisdom is resplendent.  Those who love and seek her find her.  She seeks those worthy of her and appears to them.
  • Ps 63:2-8  "My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God."  Your kindness is a greater good than life.  I'll call your name and be satisfied.  I'll praise, remember, and meditate on you, my joy and help.
Bring enough oil for your lamp
  • 1 Thes 4:13-18  God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  We who are alive when the Lord comes won't precede them.  The Lord will come down, and the dead will rise first.  Then we'll be caught up together with them and meet him.  We'll always be with the Lord.
  • Mt 25:1-13  "The kingdom of heaven will be like virgins going out to meet the groom with their lamps.  The foolish ones brought no oil, but the wise did.  As the groom finally approached, the foolish asked the wise for oil, but the wise said 'No; there may not be enough for us and you.'  While the foolish were away buying oil, the groom came, the ready ones went into the wedding feast, and the door was locked.  When the rest came, the Lord said, 'I don't know you.'  Stay awake; you don't know the day or hour."

  • Creighton:  We must be wise and vigilant:  good and evil can occupy the same space, roses and weeds can the same garden, the foolish and the wise the same table.  Are we prepared?  This Gospel prompts us to stay spiritually awake, prepared to bring light to the darkness.  As we wait for Jesus to reveal himself at the end, we can forget we need the light of Christ now, the light we get from baptism and living the gospel, fueled by our faith, perseverance, and good works.  This light illuminates our path to God's Kingdom.  The Kingdom of God is with us every day, but we need light to show the way....
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Doors":  Jesus knocks on the door of our lives:  "I stand, knocking.  If you hear me and open, I'll enter your house and have supper with you, and you with me."  He wants us to let him know us personally and take over our lives, so "It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me."  There's another door:  to eternal life.  When Jesus comes at our death or his final coming, he wants to take us through that door into life, love, and happiness with him, but we'll only be able to enter if we've let him know us personally and be our Lord.  May we open our lives to Jesus....
    The wise and foolish virgins/ Tintoretto
  • Passionist:  "Oil and the grace of wisdom":  I define wisdom as “grace with action”; it moves us.  It's knowledge of what's right coupled with action for other’s sake.  Wisdom “is readily perceived by those who love her.”  Love is paying attention with care.  Wisdom is found by those who deliberately seek her; it takes focus and the Holy Spirit.  God’s love for us respects our free will.  Wisdom is a gift for others, not ourselves.  The oil in today's parable symbolizes our readiness for God’s grace today; it can't be transferred to the foolish because you can't pass readiness to others.  Grace and wisdom teach us how to be ready.  Because we're missionary disciples, we trust we'll be prepared for whomever God sends.  We need to pray, forgive, and be generous.  May we be wise through Christ.
  •  "The foolish will miss out":  Wedding customs required that everyone be vigilant and prepared.  Bride and groom celebrated for a week with family and friends.  The groom and his friends would come get his bride and bring her to their new home, taking a long route so villagers along the way could join in the procession. Once they arrived and closed the doors, no one else was admitted.  If the groom came at night, lights were needed to guide the travelers.  Showing up to the party unprepared was like trying to get into a special event today without a ticket.  When the Lord comes for us, may we be ready to hear and follow.  We won't be able to hear him them unless we listen now.
Here's the lamp for today's word art
Dress legend
  • 'Owl' pin:  Wisdom (1st reading)
  • 'Pine tree' pin:  My flesh 'pines' for you (psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  I've gazed toward You (psalm)
  • 'Car with lips' pin:  "My lips shall glorify You" (psalm)
  • 'Hands' pin:  "Lifting up my hands,..." (psalm)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  "...I'll call upon your name" (psalm)
  • 'Silverware' tie bar:  As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied (psalm); wedding feast (gospel)
  • 'Angel with trumpet' pin:  "The Lord. with the voice of an archangel and with God's trumpet" (2nd reading)
  • 'Clouds' tie:  We'll be caught up in the clouds (2nd reading)
  • 'Street lamp' tie bar:  The virgins' lamps (gospel)
  • 'Clocks' suspenders:  "You don't know the day or hour" (gospel)
  • 'Key' tie pin:  They locked the door (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

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