November 12, 2017 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time-A

Wisdom 6:12-16

Psalm 63

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13

“…the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.  Mt. 25:10

Lord, athletes around the world are training hard for the Winter Olympics.  In a couple months they will compete to achieve their goal: a gold medal.  Only those who planned, trained and were disciplined each day can win the prize.  Your word today reminds us to be ready for the day when you call us home.  Unlike the Olympics we do not know when that day will come so we must be ready every day.  We train for the wedding feast by staying faithful to your word, obeying your commandments of loving God and neighbor, and living like we’ve been saved.  There is great hope, Lord, in your message today.  You provide us the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to guide us.  We can be forgiven when we fail to love.   I believe that I never walk alone.  Lord, my prayer today is that I remain open to receive the oil of your transforming grace.  Each day I will train for and look forward with hope to the wedding feast you have invited me to.   Then, with all those who have gone before me, I will celebrate with great joy for all eternity.  Amen.