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Thirty-Second Sunday - Year A

Sunday, 12 November, 2017
Matthew 25:1-13

The Word of God this Sunday, the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, calls us to seek true wisdom.  In other words, it teaches to seek communion with God above everything and everyone else.

In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom the sacred writer, inspired by the Holy Spirit, exhorts us to seek wisdom, which is personified as feminine: “be on the alert for her”, “think of her”, “watch for her”, “desire her”, and “love her”.  This spiritual watchfulness will make us worthy of her, and she - who sees our every move - will make herself known to us, and we will be rewarded with true understanding and deep peace.

The second reading, from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians, teaches us to have hope in Christ’s saving power, the only power that allows us to rise up over our sins, and even over the grave itself.

In the Gospel of Matthew, with a parable about wise and foolish virgins, Jesus teaches us about the link between wisdom and real love.  The wise maidens stay alert and watchful for the Bridegroom, here representing Christ, the saviour and lover of humankind.  Their preparedness, patience and perseverance is a sign that they really know him and that they love him.

When the lamps of our hearts are brightened and burning, drenched by the anointing of the Spirit of holiness and of love, we are ready to enter into the wedding feast of eternal life with the bridegroom, Jesus Christ, who revealed the deepest wisdom of all, perfect self-emptying love, in his self-sacrifice for us.

We are called to be wise; to permit the Spirit of Love to set our hearts aflame - by pouring his anointing into our hearts - so that the love of Christ may shine out from us into the lives of others, and allow God’s Kingdom to dawn wider and brighter upon the whole world.

- Fr Conor Cunningham PP

Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin