This weekend we celebrate the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reflections for this Sunday’s Readings:
EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED
If it ever crossed your mind that Jesus was somewhat lacking in a sense of humor, today’s Gospel should belie any such notion. Jesus’ story of the five wise and five foolish bridesmaids is downright hilarious. The circumstances of the story were surely familiar to Jesus’ listeners, just as they are—if we think about it—to us. Weddings never, ever start on time. There’s always a delay. Buttons pop off at the last minute. Flowers wilt. Cars full of wedding guests get caught in traffic. Soloists contract laryngitis. Brides or grooms or priests show up late! So the only reasonable way to approach a wedding is with a sense of humor, to realize that something probably will go awry, and, when that happens, to smile about it.
Jesus tells this funny story to encourage us to be watchful, yes; to be ready, yes. But he doesn’t tell it to make us dour and somber. The heavy-hearted tremble, waver, lose sight of their place and purpose, and fall asleep. The lighthearted know that the unexpected will happen—is bound to happen—so they are awake in their place and ready in their purpose when it comes.
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You are invited to download and print the Order of Service and Father David’s Homily found below to follow along and participate in this weekend’s Mass.
And Be Sure to Check Out This Sunday’s Bulletin…
Take a look at this weekend’s bulletin attached below to find out more about:
·Save the Date for the Knights of Columbus Blood Drive: Pg. 8
·56th Year of the St. James Christmas Basket Program Begins: Pg. 9
·How to Purchase Crusader Cash for Your Gift Giving this year: Pg. 10-12
·Join Project ONE for December distribution: Pg. 13
…and much, much more!
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