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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
32 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Parables are never as simple as they appear on the surface. They always carry a deeper meaning which is applicable to daily living. On first hearing this parable of the bridesmaids who were excluded from the wedding feast and forced to remain locked out in the dark, we could easily be forgiven for regarding their sensible companions, as a selfish lot in refusing to share their oil with them. To our way of thinking the punishment of having the door of the wedding banquet slammed in their face is too severe. At worst they deserved a reprimand for their last minute rush. However the gospel story is not about forgetting to bring along extra oil for lamp, but about how we view the invitation extended to us all to take our place in the kingdom of God. We have only ourselves to blame if we fail to arrive or are unprepared when the time comes. Being ready beforehand is what matters most and a last minute hurry to get ourselves inti spiritual shape is not to be recommended. If we are to have an eternity of joy we shall have to prepare for it whole-heartedly. Admittance to the banquet of eternal life cannot simply be taken for granted. Christ teaches this parable as a warning because the day of the Lord will come with startling suddenness like a thief in the night.
In a strangely appropriate way, the church has associated the end of the liturgical year with the month of November. The leaves have fallen, nature is dying and there is no more growth. Winter has arrived. In a world of uncertainties the one thing we can be sure of is death. While we do not know the day of the hour, it is the one appointment we cannot cancel. To dismiss the thought of death, pushing it to the back of our minds as something to be faced at a later date, is the type of foolishness Christ condemns in this gospel. If we live with no thought as to where the journey of life is taking us, we are neglecting to make elementary preparations for the coming of the kingdom. Death will catch us unaware and God will enter unexpectedly into our lives. We will be found empty inside with no oil in our spiritual lamps and the result will be disaster.
An essential part of the christian life is to cultivate a personal relationship with God, which each one must possess, work at and live because it cannot be borrowed at the last minute. We do this by developing a calm and believing attitude as we go about our normal work. There is no better way of achieving this than by using those spare moments during the day to share our thoughts, plans and worries with Christ, in prayer, telling him what's on our mind and asking him to guide us. Christ is always prepared to meet us, so we, on our part, must be prepared to meet him. He does not give us an appointment but comes as he wills into our lives. The gospel brings home the importance of being ready and prepared while we wait, by loving God and our neighbor. We are not to take the chance o going through life relying on the minimum of holiness. When the call comes, what will count are the qualities of character we have developed, not the riches we possess or the fortune we have gathered. Staying awake must be the axis around which our whole being and life rotate.
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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Bp. John Mack, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Helen Kowalski, Mary Donahue, Stephanie Maciejewski, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Alvin Coulter, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, Denise Sullivan, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach,Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Monica Rondeau, Richard Ferus Proctor, Leeanne Gouveia, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Bruce Roberts, Rosalyn Goldman, Cheryl Scott, Nathan Strazzulla, Lawrence Fox, Caroline Reinking, Jeanne Franzen, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Teresa Tacinelli, Mary Saleh, Sharon Nolan, Yanna Lantz, Sharon Potthoff,Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Agnieszka Tenus, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Alice Rosmus, Susan Runowicz-Smith, Harry Cullinan, Sharon Ritucci, Gloria Tsouprakakis, Louise Regan, Harrison McKinstry, Kfristin Bilionis, Denise Quinn, James Strazzulla, George Cole.
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