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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 7, 2011

HOW WE WAIT

Every year, about this time of year, our readings become much more apocalyptic in nature.  As or liturgical year ends (just two weeks from now) and we begin Advent (three weeks from now), our readings speak of waiting, anticipation, preparation for Christ’s return.

As you listen to the first reading – you need to know that Wisdom in the book of Wisdom is understood in the Christian mind as Christ.  So it is not just wisdom for whom we are keeping vigil but Christ.  Paul and Matthew also carry this them of waiting and preparing.

And so we must consider now, how we have prepared and waiting – is it active or passive?

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

  1. What are the “oil lamps” of our lives?  (ie. the ways we illuminate our lives – prayer styles, books, resources)
  2. In what ways might we be caught off guard or unprepared for the wedding?What does “active waiting” look like?
  3. How do we practice for Heaven in our own lives?

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and Matthew 25:1-13)

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