Reflections 12th November 2017

A Reflection for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 25:1-13 (  )

Everywhere I go I feel that I am being watched, be it by security camera, by security guards or in gated properties. Somebody else needs to know. This kind of security or awareness is somebody else’s requirement.

At this time, at the end of the Liturgical Year, we are invited to be ready. The context in which this text was written is different to ours, and readiness is always important.

In medical matters we are constantly being reminded of changes that occur in our health patterns.

Awareness courses and being present to ourselves are very much on the agenda these days.

G. Ernest Wright [ ], commenting on the biblical notion of faith writes:

Faith is not a series of propositions which are either believed or not believed. It is instead that trust in God which leads one to follow him

in whatever situation he may find himself, a trust which waits on the Lord, even in times when one is fearful for his life.”

Faith calls us to a relationship with God that is radical trust in the face of every danger.

The final words in today’s Gospel reading “So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour” are a call to live in the present moment.

Michael Kane C.S.Sp. – Ordained in 1969, Fr. Michael has ministered in Ireland, Brazil and the USA. He currently leads the work in Ireland of the Office for Spiritan Life & Identity.