This year we have been following the Stewardship theme: God owns it all. We are called to share. At first glance it seems like today’s Gospel contradicts that message. In the parable we hear about wise virgins who did not share their oil with the foolish ones. They seem terribly selfish until we understand what Jesus is really talking about.
The oil which the wise virgins possess is not something external – like food or clothes or money. Rather the oil refers to an inner quality: for example, honesty, fairness or integrity. A father can give his son a desk, but the boy himself must develop the inner discipline to keep the desk properly organized. I could lend you a book on prayer, but you would have to set aside the time for your relationship with God.
In our Stewardship drive we are asking you to share your gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure. It is not just that the parish needs your volunteer help and a part of your financial resources. We do, but much more important, we are concerned about the person you are becoming. The parish ultimately exists for the sake of your eternal salvation.
St. Paul tells us that when God draws the final curtain, some who are still alive at that time, will be “caught up,” along with those who have died in Christ. I pray that when that day comes, you and I will be taken up together. To have that happen, we must place our lives at Gods’ disposition. If we do so, we will - like the wise virgins - have oil in our lamps. That is, we will have the generous, humble and open hearts which the Lord requires. May the Lord help us to be prepared when he comes.
I would like to now ask a family from our parish to give a testimony to Stewardship in their home.
From Archives (for Thirty-Second Ordinary Sunday, Year A):
Seapadre Homilies: Cycle A, Cycle B, Cycle C
Audio Files of Homilies (Simple Catholicism Blog)
Take the Plunge Bible Study (audio resources)
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Other Priests' Homilies, Well Worth Listening:
Fr. Frank Schuster
Fr. Brad Hagelin
Fr. Jim Northrop
Fr. Michael White
Fr Pat Freitag (and deacons of St. Monica)
Bulletin (St. Mary's Parish)
Parish Picture Album
Parish Picture Album
Bulletin (Raffle Winners, Embarrassing Oversight, Tithing Testimony - part one)
Amy Welborn on "devout Catholic" Maria Shriver
Padre Gio on Judge Alito's nomination
Meanwhile, Canada debates law which proposes to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide
The Anchoress replies to Maureen Dowd:
Yes, Maureen, the feminist movement, which seemed to be all about “celebrating women” and “slamming (or feminizing) men” was in actuality all about devaluing traditional femininity...It was a giant hoax that compelled you and many of your sisters to believe that sex could be casual and abortions could be, too...
And from Mark Shea: Poland Fails to Buy EU Dogma that Homosexuality is the Source and Summit of All that is Noble, Good and Beautiful
Expulsion from Loretto
40 Days for Life - Everett, WA
Archbp. Naumann of Kansas City Comments on Charges Against Bp. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph
From Sr. Mary Ann Walsh: Bishop Lori's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on the subject of religious freedom
Well worth reading as we pray for our bishops in their annual meeting (Nov 14-16 in Baltimore)
MBC - Mary Bloom Center, Puno, Peru