Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
— Matthew 25:13
Dear Parish Family,
As we approach the end of the Church year, one theme of the gospels that is the same every year at this time is to be prepared for the end of the world, the final judgment. Today’s gospel ends with Jesus saying, “Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
Our Christian ancestors thought the end of the world would happen soon after Jesus returned to heaven. There might have been many who lived in Europe in the Middle Ages who thought the end of the world was upon them as the continent suffered through a plague that caused the death of almost half of the European population. This year has seen devastating hurricanes and earthquakes. Is this a sign of the end times?
While we wonder if these and other catastrophic events are signs that the end is near, let us never forget God’s great plan for us as described in the second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians; “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with Him those who have fallen asleep.”
As we continue to do our best to follow the Lord’s ways, may we always remember that God’s great desire is to welcome us into His heavenly kingdom.
In the Word,
First Reading — Wisdom is easily discerned by those who love her (Wisdom 6:12-16).
Psalm — My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God (Psalm 63).
Second Reading — Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 [13-14]).
Gospel — Stay awake! You know neither the day nor the hour (Matthew 25:1-13).
Readings for the Week
Mon: Wis 1:1-7; Ps 139:1b-10; Lk 17:1-6
Tues: Wis 2:23 — 3:9; Ps 34:2-3, 16-19; Lk 17:7-10
Wed: Wis 6:1-11; Ps 82:3-4, 6-7; Lk 17:11-19
Thurs: Wis 7:22b — 8:1; Ps 119:89-91, 130, 135, 175; Lk 17:20-25
Fri: Wis 13:1-9; Ps 19:2-5ab; Lk 17:26-37
Sat: Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9; Ps 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43; Lk 18:1-8 or (for the memorial of the Dedication) Acts 28:11-16, 30-31; Ps 98:1-6; Mt 14:22-33
Sun: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps 128:1-5; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30 [14-15, 19-21]