November 8, 2020
When we think of God, most of us take God for granted. No matter what we do, most of us expect God to be good to us! This can easily give rise to a sloppy relationship whereby we take advantage of God and at times not even be aware of how unrespectful this is. Oh, my God! How can I have done this so callously?? (Falling to my knees,) I pray, “Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for…”.
Use the above as the background and environment for the following thoughts.
Today’s entrance antiphon sets the scene very well for us. As does the First Reading that states to properly relate to God, we all need (biblical) wisdom. To and for the sincere, wisdom is relatively easy to achieve and it can be found everywhere. Pray eagerly to God for this great gift!
The responsorial psalm today is Psalm 63 which manifests our THIRST for God; this thirst exists in all of us. The Second Reading is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The Risen One raises dead believers to new full eternal life, life forever. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE WISDOM.
Note the exhortation of today’s Gospel Acclamation.
In the Gospel, what does Jesus warn us about? We are reminded we are the ones who are experiencing God’s gentle loving presence. The foolish ones are the ones who are unprepared, unaware, and/or distracted in respect to God’s gentle loving presence. We need to keep our lamps lit! Realize that the bridesmaids who have oil for their lamps are the wise ones and the second group who do not have enough oil are the foolish ones!
The first Communion Antiphon focuses on the Good Shepherd whereas the second one highlights Christ’s disciples recognizing Jesus in the breaking of the bread.
The final question from today’s Liturgy asks me (and you) how sensitive am I to the Risen Lord’s presence in my life and in the life of today’s Church? Please realize that with today’s Pandemic the Church is called again to be missionary. What can I do, we do, to reach out to help people suffering from the present pandemic? How can I or we make real the healing presence of the Risen One as we continue to push back on today’s pandemic? May we always strive to do so always. Amen!
Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R.