Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 12, 2017

Oil for your lampThis is the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is coming - are you ready? The initiative is God’s, but we should always be ready to respond to the divine invitation. Though we know that what we’re doing now is part of life’s journey toward meeting Christ, our bridegroom, and being invited to the eternal feast, we often miss the ways Christ comes here and now. What helps you to be open to the voice of the Spirit in your “everyday” life? How would we live differently if we knew Christ was coming tonight?

The Sunday Readings:

  • Wisdom 6: 13-17. If you look for wisdom you will find it. Watch and be ready to receive Wisdom when she comes!
  • 1 Thes 4: 12-17. The dead will come to life in Jesus, when Jesus comes (in God’s time)
  • Mt 25: 1-13. Be ready to go out and meet the bridegroom when he comes. Our job is to be prepared when God acts.

Of Note:

  • You have ongoing opportunities for the individual Sacrament of Reconciliation, next on November 11 & 25, 2017 (the 2nd and 4th Saturdays) at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Anointing of the Sick at all Masses next weekend, November 18-19, 2017. Anyone experiencing infirmity due to serious or chronic illness, accident or age is invited to receive this sacrament.
  • Take a look at the colorful memorial altar in the narthex/gathering area. Epiphany's Latino families have brought in photos of beloved dead and harvest offerings of flowers and fruits to celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). Add a photo of your loved ones, or a card with their names, through November 18-19, 2017 (items to be picked up November 25-26, 2017).
  • During November we remember those of our community who have gone before us by singing a litany of “Epiphany saints,” naming parishioners who have died since our founding in 1971. That’s a lot of saints, so it takes us several weeks before we get through them. We give thanks for the official and unofficial models who show us how to live as a part of the “Communion of Saints.”
  • In November we take time to remember our participation in the communion of saints, and all those in our family of faith who have gone before us.
    • Take time to write your loved ones’ names in our memorial “Book of Life” You can find it at the main doors to the Worship Space by the baptismal font.
    • Recall their memory as we sing the litany of saints during our liturgies.