Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 8
Let Us Always, on Good Days and Bad, Embrace and Live the Faith with Which God Has Filled Our Hearts, Always Placing God First in Our Lives, So That We May Celebrate Eternally the Wonders Which He Has Prepared Especially for You and Me.
“Resplendent and unfading is Wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her.” – words we find in the beginning of today’s First Reading, words which speak to us of the glory and the wonder of God, who is always near to those who seek an intimate relationship with Him.
And it is the theme of relationships – ours with God and His with us – which we find throughout today’s Readings.
“O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts…”
For all those who truly seek out and desire God’s Presence in their lives, He is a God for whom we thirst, for it is only He who can provide the “living water” which quenches our longing for all that we spiritually yearn.
In our faith, we are taught that God is the Source of all grace which flows from His Infinite Love for His children, and which we receive initially through the life-giving waters of Baptism. This grace – these living waters – makes everything fresh, new again; and, throughout the Gospels, our Lord teaches us that God wishes to give us this newness of life by means of His living waters.
But we also know that there are many who act foolishly, rejecting all that He wishes to freely give us. They are like the five foolish virgins who wander through life in darkness, who choose to embrace their will rather than God’s, who choose to follow the seductions of a secularistic and morally bankrupt culture, rather than the teachings of our faith!
And when our Lord finally calls them from this life, their lamps are empty and there is no brightness in their souls. And our Lord is deeply saddened, because their relationship with God was irreparably fractured, since they freely chose to reject His Love and Mercy throughout the course of their lives.
But for those of us who realize that we need God’s Presence in our journey through life, that we need His strength to endure whatever sufferings we may face and the crosses we are given to bear, and that we need His grace in order to embrace His will rather than our own – then we become like those five wise virgins who kept their lamps filled with oil.
So that when our Lord finally calls us from this life, our lamps are alit and our souls are bright! And our Lord is pleased because we chose to truly live our relationship with Him – a relationship of love, a relationship of longing for His eternal embrace!
And our Lord rewards us for the hope which we carried within our hearts, a hope which speaks of an eternity of true peace and joy – where this is no pain, where every tear shall be wiped away, where Eternal Love truly becomes one within each of us.
God rewards us for our faithfulness to the teachings of our faith, as we give witness to the devotion we have in Jesus Christ through both our word and example, freely embracing His Commandments and the Precepts of His Church – for it is in such faith that our relationship with God is strong, for it is a relationship of love, in imitation of Divine Love Himself.
And it is His Divine Love for us which has existed from all eternity – for God knew us before we were ever conceived. His relationship to each of us has always been one of Divine intimacy. For this reason, He gave to each of us a share in His own Eternal Nature, so that out of His unfathomable Love for you and me, we may spend our eternity with Him in His Heavenly Kingdom, a gift earned for us through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
And this is God’s most wondrous gift to us! For as Saint Paul tells us in our Second Reading, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”
And, in another Letter, Paul writes, “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.”
In all that our Lord taught, He showed us that the way to true happiness lies in living and being caught up in His Love! This means placing God first in our lives, and accepting whatever trials may come our way as blessings. For it is these crosses which we bear from time to time which help make us a better people, a holier people, a people pleasing in the sight of Almighty God.
Let us always, on good days and bad, embrace and live the faith with which God has filled our hearts. And then we, too, when it is our time to be called, shall be like the wise virgins in today’s Gospel, and God will invite us into the greatest of all Wedding Feasts with the Eternal Bridegroom, where we shall celebrate eternally the wonders which He has prepared especially for both you and me!
May God bless you, God love you, and may God always keep you. †
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Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.
Scripture for the Day
- “Resplendent and unfading is Wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her.” (Wisdom 6:12)
- “O God, you are my God – it is you I seek! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts…” (Psalm 63:2abc)
- “Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked him and he would have given you living water…whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’” (John 4:10, 14)
- “…the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise…At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’” (Matthew 25:1-2, 6)
- “…the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the [foolish] virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’” (Matthew 25:10-12)
- “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)
- “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven!” (Matthew 7:21)
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
- “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
- “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9b)
- “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)
Prayer for the Day
“Heavenly and Eternal Father,
as Your child, I seek Your help and guidance.
Do not let me succumb to the temptations in life,
so as to fall into error and separate myself from You.
“Lord Jesus Christ,
You died for me so that I may be saved from sin.
Strengthen me through Your gentle and tender Love,
so that, by Your grace, I may always be one with You.
“Most Holy Spirit,
open my heart to all that destroys the soul.
Turn me from sin and all the snares of the devil
who deceives my mind and fills my heart and soul with lies.
“Almighty and Eternal God,Anonymous
grant me the grace to love only what comes from You.
Strengthen me to resist the seductions of evil,
so that my life may praise the glory of Your Most Holy Name,
both now and for all eternity in Your Heavenly Kingdom. Amen.”