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November 8, 2020 - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirst.”

Psalm 63:2


Wisdom 6:12-16

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13


by Sister Joseph Fennimore, SNJM

We need to take time to look at where we are in our spiritual journey and consider whether we are open to the divine resources that enable us to make that journey.

Today’s Gospel reading tells the story of ten virgins who were waiting to welcome the bridegroom and escort him into the wedding hall. There were five wise virgins and five foolish virgins. They were to be ready for the bridegroom when he arrived. The five wise virgins waited with full lamps of oil and with extra. They anticipated that they might need this extra oil. The five foolish virgins had lighted lamps with oil but had not brought any extra. They did not take time to consider that more might be needed. The bridegroom was delayed, taking longer to arrive. Finally, word was passed along that he was arriving. Lamps were quickly checked to make sure their lights were burning bright and that plenty of oil was in them. The wise virgins were ready and welcomed the bridegroom with their lamps. The lamps of the foolish virgins were flickering and going out. Forced to find more oil they went in search of those who sold oil. When these virgins arrived back at the wedding hall the door was closed and locked. They knocked and called to those within but they were not recognized or heeded even when they begged to be let in.

The bridegroom in the above story is Jesus. He will be ready to welcome us into the banquet hall at the end of time. Will our lights be visible and bright? Will Jesus recognize us? In this Gospel we are being encouraged to lead lives that are being filled with good deeds and the graces of God so that our lamps are filled with oil and burning brightly as we greet the Lord. We will be welcomed with love, not only by Jesus but by all who are already at the banquet. However, those who did not prepare themselves by following in the steps of Jesus with love and good deeds, or neglected to consider their eternal destiny will find themselves outside, as the five foolish virgins did.

We are making use of wisdom when we do as the five wise virgins did. It is wisdom, a divine resource and gift, spoken of in the first reading for today, that will help us make good choices and advance in virtue. It will help us take on the likeness of Christ, by which we will be recognized when we come to the eternal banquet.

From the Rule of St. Benedict

“Yearn for everlasting life with holy desire.” Chapter 4, Vs. 46

Gospel Acclamation

“Stay awake and be ready! For you do not know on what day the Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42a,44

1 Comment

Teresa Love
Teresa Love
Nov 06, 2020

Thank you Sister Joseph for your reflections. You said: "We need to take time to look at where we are in our spiritual journey and consider whether we are open to the divine resources that enable us to make that journey."

I know in my heart that God has given me divine resources from the day of my birth. Once I decided to choose the spiritual journey, I eventually learned that I needed to Trust God for everything. I also needed to learn to surrender totally to Him and really believe that God was in the driver's seat of my life, not me. All God's divine resources were whirling about me during this journey, some recognized and some taken …

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