Homilies and reflections for Sunday
Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14
1 John 3:1-3
This Sunday’s Reflection
The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him.
The whole emphasis of the parable story, it is clear, is readiness for the coming of the Bridegroom. The ‘cry’ that goes up when he arrives, capturing the festive joy of the occasion, tells us of the eagerness with which the first Christians looked forward to the Lord’s return.
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32A Ordinary Time
Father Vincent Hawkswell – B.C. CATHOLIC
Death, says The Penny Catechism, is one of the “four last things to be ever remembered.” Indeed, it seems to have come particularly close during this pandemic. The other three are judgment, hell, and heaven, which Pope St. John Paul II called “truths which many try to hide today, when they are not able to place them in doubt or deny them completely.” Human nature is mortal, subject to death, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church…(2020)
David Edward Rocks, O.P. – TORCH
The whole business of remembrance is in the air at this time of year. Traditionally, it is linked this weekend to the end of the horrors of the ‘Great War’, when a time of great tribulation gave way to a sombre peacefulness, opening a path for reconciliation…. The wise virgins in our gospel reading today are masters of remembrance….(2020)
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Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino – DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG
Our lives are very busy. With Christmas approaching, they will get even busier. But do we do the one thing we need to do? Do we prepare our lives, our family and our world for the Lord? How many times I have heard people say, “I couldn’t get to Mass this week because there was a soccer match or something on Sunday morning.” OK, but did you think of changing your schedule on Saturday, and go to Mass Saturday afternoon or Saturday evening?… This is not just about the people in the pews. How many times we priests have been too busy to do the most important thing that we need to do: pray for our people? (2020)
Jamie Waters – AMERICA MAGAZINE
In the first reading and the Gospel, women are central figures. This is a rarity. Frequently, women are marginalized, silent or absent from biblical texts, often reflecting the imaginations of men situated within patriarchal contexts…Today’s first reading highlights Woman Wisdom for being radiant and easily perceived. The reading reminds ancient and modern audiences to be observant of the world and look for examples and attitudes that are wise. The repeated notion that Woman Wisdom makes herself known should empower people to seek wisdom and to avoid and critique ignorance. (2020)
Fr. George Smiga – BUILDING ON THE WORD
There’s an unexpected word in today’s gospel. But it is a word of power. It is also a word of the Kingdom. That word is “NO”. When all the bridesmaids get up and begin to trim their lamps, the foolish say to the wise, “give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out”. The wise respond, “NO”. Now that’s rather shocking. After all, this is a parable of Jesus. This is a parable that gives to us a description of God’s kingdom. Wouldn’t you expect that the wise bridesmaids would be a bit more generous, sharing what they have with those in need? How do they get away with saying “no”? (2002)
MORE HOMILIES BY FR. SMIGA
Against presuming too much (2005)
Loving like a wise virgin (2011)
Foolish or wise (2017)
Fr. Austin Fleming – A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS
Seems to me it’s time [Lady Wisdom] came calling on us. I certainly see no traces of her in the headlines or in social media. If anything, it’s the absence of wisdom in our midst that’s most striking. And I’m not talking about the kind of “wisdom” that folks on one side of an issue claim to have over their opponents on the other side. I’m talking about a wisdom deeper than the partisan divide, a wisdom beyond the terms of our debates, a wisdom that takes us by surprise in its simplicity, its selflessness and its truth. I don’t claim to be a very wise person but I’m sure of this: the wisdom we need, the wisdom we long for, is not something we ourselves will ever devise or invent. Rather, the wisdom our world needs is a gift and its source, though not beyond our reach, is eternal. (2017)
Father John Kavanaugh, SJ – SUNDAY WEB SITE
In a rash moment I volunteered to spend a year in Africa... I remember on the long trip, first to Australia and then over an endless sea to the coast of Africa, how I rued that impetuous act of volunteering. I had so much to do. And here I was letting a year of my life disappear in a village on the edge of Harare, Zimbabwe. It took about a month for gracious and solicitous Wisdom to show her face. After weeks of quiet walks, gentle and unrushed conversations with Shona and Ndebele, fewer compulsions to keep up with news, sports, weather, and all the ephemeral opinion columns I daily consumed, Wisdom made her rounds to me—not when I was watching for her at dawn, but at the moment of a day’s dusk. (1997)
32A Ordinary Time – Blogs
32A Ordinary Time – Blogs
Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
Being vigilant means attending to the challenges of daily living — its challenges, joys, heartaches, etc., — with faith and hope. And to live in faith and hope, is to have that extra oil with us. It means that we are to persevere in living according to the teachings and examples of Jesus — no matter what. Then when Jesus suddenly comes as Judge, we will be ready to face Him and thus enter into His feast, His Kingdom.
Once a priest asked his catechism class, “How does one go to heaven? “ A little girl raised her hand and said, “One has to die.”
If we look at the various stages of human development, we see that every stage is a preparation for the subsequent stage, which in turn is a preparation for the stage that comes after, and so on. When we look at these stages from a bird’s eye view, we see that there is a gradual transition from self-centeredness to greater selflessness, a gradual emancipation from the self. Human development moves from the most self-centered existence to a gradual turning outside the self to focusing one’s life around another or others.
Do we hear the coins clanking, tables rattling, animals bleating and turmoil in ourselves when Jesus overturns the marketplaces of our lives? Jesus wasn’t just housecleaning a house of worship but the lives of people who had lost their relationship with God.