Reflection from Fr. Taylor: November 12, 2017, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 6: 12-16    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18    Matthew 25:1-13

Last week we celebrated the Feast Days of All Souls and All Saints. We remember those who have lost loved ones especially over the past year. Along with these feasts we have reminders that we have a mandate to be alive and well, and attuned to what is going on around us.

Being spiritually prepared is not just something good to do, it is absolutely a necessity. There are many dangers and distractions all around us that allow us to waste time and not take life serious. However today’s Gospel teaches that there is a real danger in doing this. The problem is when we pass from this life to the next, there is no coming back to redo what has happened before.

In these days and times there is  much to fear. Mass murders happening almost routinely, the fear and warnings of war, and hatred and animosity among different people. In all these occurrences we are asked to make a response. There is much that goes on around us which seem to be beyond our control. But our attitude, priorities, and the way we live every day can make a real difference in human outcomes.

Each day is an opportunity for us to ask the Lord to lead us and guide us  in the direction that no matter what dangers we may encounter we will make the right choices and decisions. The Gospel reminds us there are real consequences in not taking this serious. As we come near the end of the church’s year, let us be reminded that life is a difficult adventure, but is one with many blessings. It is one in which we are called to always be alert and know that God is always on our side.

 

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