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My soul is thirsting for you
O Lord, My God!

November 6, 2005
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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November 6, 2005 - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Ready for the Lord

Readings:
Wisdom 6:12-16; Ps 63:2,3-4,5-6,7-8
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Commentaries / Gospel Reflections from:
Daily Gospel Preaching the Word A Certain Jesus
Sundays Into Silence
Homily by Fr. Peter,cmf NEW


Greeting
(See Second Reading)

We believe that Jesus died and rose again
and that those who have died in Jesus
will be brought to life with their Lord.
May Jesus, the Lord of life,
be always with you all.
R/ And also with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant

When they hear that they have to be vigilant and ready for the Lord's coming, many people think that they have to be ready for death so as not to be caught unaware. Much more than this is meant. We have to learn to meet the Lord now in the many ways he comes to us: as our companion on the road of life, in our neighbor, in our prayer, in the celebration of the eucharist. These will prepare us for the final encounter. Let us pray the Lord that he make us attentive to his constant presence among us.

Penitential Act

If only we had been more aware
how often we meet the Lord in life!
Let us ask him to forgive us.
(PAUSE)
Lord Jesus, you seem absent
when we struggle with suffering,
but you are there with your strength:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, often we forget you
in the cares of everyday life,
but you are there with us:
Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, we neglect to care for you
in our sick and neglected brothers and sisters,
but you want us to serve you in them:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.

Forgive us all our sins, Lord,
and make us look for your presence.
Walk with us and lead us
to the feast of everlasting life. R/ Amen.

Opening Prayer

Let us pray for union with our Lord
on earth and in heaven
(PAUSE)
Lord God, our Father,
you want us to encounter your Son
here on earth as our companion in life.
Keep us always awake and responsive to his love,
which he offers us in the eucharist,
in his forgiveness, in the events of life,
in our brothers and sisters he entrust to us.
Let him be our peace in our tensions,
our joy even when we suffer,
our life and happiness beyond death.
Let him admit us to your lasting feast of joy,
for he is our Lord for ever and ever. R/ Amen.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading Introduction: Those who seek God's wisdom will find it
        God's wisdom, that which tells us how to live according to God's ways and to be happy, is easy to find for those who look for it. In fact, if we are open to him, God and his wisdom will look more for us than we for God.

First Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16

Wisdom is luminous and never tarnished; she willingly lets herself be seen by those who love her, and known by those who look for her. She hastens to meet those who long for her. Seek her in the morning and you will not be disappointed; you will find her sitting at your door.

To meditate on Wisdom is understanding fully grown; whoever is on the watch for her will be free of anxiety. She goes in search of those who are worthy of her, graciously meets them on the way and is present in their every thought.

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 63:2,3-4,5-6,7-8

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
to see your power and your glory,
for your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

I will remember you upon my couch,
and through the night-watches I will meditate on you:
You are my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Second Reading Introduction: Those who die in Christ will rise
       The Thessalonians are worried about their dead. If they have died before the return of Christ, how can they be saved? Paul tells them: if they have died in union with Christ, they will rise from the dead and live forever.

Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18

Brothers and sisters, we want you not to be mistaken about those who are already asleep, lest you grieve as do those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose; it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus. God will bring them together with Jesus and for his sake.

By the same word of the Lord we assert this: those of us who are to be alive at the Lord's coming will not go ahead of those who are already asleep. When the command by the archangel's voice is given, the Lord himself will come down from heaven, while the divine trumpet call is sounding. Then those who have died in the Lord will rise first; as for us who are still alive, we will be brought along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the celestial world. And we will be with the Lord forever.

So, then comfort one another with these words.

Gospel Introduction: Ready to meet the Lord
       Christians should not take their faith for granted. They should be vigilant and work in hope for the return of Christ. The Lord will certainly come but we do not know when.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told this parable to his disciples, "This story throws light on what will happen in the kingdom of heaven. Ten bridesmaids went out with their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were careless while the others were sensible.
"The careless bridesmaids took their lamps as they were and did not bring extra oil. But those who were sensible, brought with their lamps flasks of oil. As the bridegroom delayed, they all grew drowsy and fell asleep.

"But at midnight, a cry rang out: 'The bridegroom is here, come out and meet him!' All the maidens woke up at once and trimmed their lamps. Then the careless ones said to the sensible ones: 'Give us some oil, for our lamps are going out.' The sensible ones answered: 'There may not be enough for both you and us. You had better go to those who sell and buy for yourselves.'

"They were out buying oil when the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the doors were shut.
"Later the rest of the bridesmaids arrived and called out: 'Lord, Lord, open to us.'

But he answered: 'Truly, I do not know you.'
"So, stay awake, for you do not know the day nor the hour."

Commentary

THE Pharisees try to accuse Jesus of encouraging his disciples to disobey the traditions of the elders of their religion. And Jesus in anger theologizes and carefully and surely separates out the law of God from mere traditions that can be used to escape from the responsibility of obeying the law. He uses the example of those who in publicly devoting themselves to religion, do not care for their parents. He calls them hypocrites, who do not worship God and only deal with human rules. Then he teaches what is truthful and pure and what is not-that what a person does or says is what defiles a person not what they eat or how they ate. The Pharisees are offended and Jesus is more offended-declaring that what is not planted by God will be uprooted. Are our actions and works planted in the Word and kingdom of God among those who need them or are we about looking good to others and deciding on what we will do, according to our own convenience? Do people and God's will for life for those needing it come first? Jesus, plant your Word and Spirit deep in us and save us. Amen.

Read also Sundays Into Silence:
Stupidity Is Not a Virtue!

General Intercessions

We are not like those who have no hope, for we have a Savior who rose from the dead. We look forward to him in hope as we pray: R/ Lord of glory, in you we hope.
- For our pope, bishops and priests, that they may constantly remind God's people of the eternal dimension of life and lead us with wisdom, patience aand vigilance, let us pray: R/ Lord of glory, in you we hope.

- For the young, that they may remain critical of mediocrity in their own lives and yet keep hoping and building toward a new and better world, let us pray: R/ Lord of glory, in you we hope.

- For those in danger of death, that they may not fear or despair but com-mit themselves in hope to the Lord who has overcome death; for old people, that in peace and serenity they may prepare to meet the Lord face to face, let us pray: R/ Lord of glory, in you we hope.

- For those discouraged and wounded by life, that they may not grow bitter and that from our presence and friendship they may draw fresh strength and hope, let us pray: R/ Lord of glory, in you we hope.

- For our beloved dead, that they may live in the joy of the Lord, let us pray. R/ Lord of glory, in you we hope.

Lord Jesus Christ, you alone know the day and the hour of all things and every person. Do not let the cares of the day close our hearts to yur coming. Meet us now and in the joy that lasts for ever. R/ Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord our God,
we, your people on the march,
bring before you this bread and wine
as an offering and a prayer
that your Son Jesus may go with us our weary way
and sustain us in faith and hope.
Let him fill each of our days
with deeds of goodness and wisdom.
And may this meal of the eucharist prepare us
to share in your feast that lasts forever. R/ Amen.

Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer

Christ among us in the eucharist is the pledge that one day we will enjoy with him the happiness of heaven. With him we now thank God our Father.

Invitation to the Lord's Prayer

As people of hope,
we pray to our Father in heaven
the prayer of Jesus our Lord.
: R/ Our Father...

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from our carelessness
which in the day's routine makes us forget
the purpose for which you have made us.
Keep us free from sin
and give us wisdom and foresight
to prepare in joy and hope
for encountering your Son.
May we be ready to meet without fear
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
R/ For the kingdom..

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God
who died and rose again.
He meets us now with all solicitude,
that we may encounter him with joy
when he appears in glory.
R/ Lord, I am not worthy...

Prayer after Communion

God of our hope and joy,
we are sure we have encountered your Son Jesus
in this eucharistic celebration.
We have recognized his voice;
he has nourished us with the bread of himself.
Let Jesus himself be the lamp
that shines brightly on our life
and make us always hear his voice
crying out to us in our needy brothers and sisters,
that he may find us ready when he comes
to gather us into the feast of your kingdom
that lasts for ever and ever. R/ Amen.

Blessing

In the presence of the Lord
we have reflected on his words
about the wisdom of vigilance.
What are we, foolish or wise?
Probably a bit of the two:
foolish when we sin,
wise when we are vigilant
and try to live a bit like Jesus
and to put his words into practice.

May almighty God keep you vigilant and wise
and bless you: the Father, and the + Son,
and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.

Go in the peace of the Lord,
and may he keep you always faithful. R/ Thanks be to God.

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Taken from Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays
Vatican II Weekday Missal
MP3 - The Concise Bible (Audio)
Christian Community Bible
and Bible Diary 2005
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Additional Resource Material for this Sunday

Ideal for catechetical and liturgical dramatization of today"s gospel.

With Lighted Lamps
(Mt 25:1-13)

(taken from the book A Certain Jesus, Vol. 2)
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