November 8, 2020

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lord, open the door for us! I do not know you. Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour (Matthew 25:11-13).

Matthew reconstructs the original parable of Jesus to emphasize to his new Christian community of the 1st century the need to be prepared at all times for the second coming of the Lord, despite his apparent delay. Today, two thousand years later, we, the church, are still waiting for this second coming of Christ in the parousia! How prepared are we?

Matthew feared that with Jesus’ apparent delay, his community’s original fervor of Christian faith, it’s values and practices, might gradually fade away to the detriment of their eternal salvation. He trusted that this parable would enable his fledgling believers of long ago, as well as today, to see themselves in the foolish virgins who did not bring enough oil, i.e., the Christian way of living, to light the way to the wedding feast of eternal life, whenever the groom, Jesus, might decide to show up.

Matthew was giving the Christian world a wake-up-call always to be watchful and ready for our face-to-face meeting with Jesus the very first moment after our death. Let us be alert and carrying the fully oiled lamp of a staunch faith and a generous love so that when the moment comes for us to knock on the door of the wedding feast of heaven, Jesus will say, I know you very well, your name is written on the palm of my hand, come in and enjoy the rewards prepared for you from the beginning of the world.

As we heard the names of last year’s deceased parishioners read to us or displayed on All Souls Day earlier the past week, we pray that our loving God joyfully opened the door to eternal life to all and welcomed them into the large company of all the saints!

Let Us Pray:

Thus, will I bless you while I live; lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name. As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied, and with exultant lips, my mouth shall praise you (Psalm 63).


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