Coffee and the Word



Coffee and the Word

Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time A
November 12, 2017

 

THE FIRST READING
Wisdom 6:12-16


Whoever watches for [wisdom] at dawn shall not be disappointed, 
for he shall find her sitting by his gate.

Come to us, Wisdom.
Sit by our gates.

Do not disappoint. We love you.
We will surely keep vigil, as we watch for you.

Help us begin to see what you see: the depths of all things in creation.

WIS 6:12-16

Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire; Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate. For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence, and whoever for her sake keeps vigil shall quickly be free from care; because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her, and graciously appears to them in the ways, and meets them with all solicitude.

 

Discussion Questions
1. In this reading people are looking for Wisdom at the same time that Wisdom is searching for them. What does “wanting wisdom” do for your “receiving wisdom”? Explain this line from the reading. “… whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate.”

2. How is wisdom different from knowledge? Does knowledge enable you to see beyond the surface of things into their depths? Does wisdom? Who sees like that? Do you want to see things the way God sees them?


THE SECOND READING
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 

For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven.


We do not know what we will hear.
The call of an angel?
The blast of a trumpet?

This much we do know: we want to be ready whenever you come.

Make us ready, Lord. 

1 THES 4:13-18

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.


Discussion Questions
1. Would you live differently if you thought “the end time” was right around the corner—as the Thessalonians seemed to? If so, what would you change?

2. Those who are alive will be caught up together with Christ and with those who have died. “Caught up” as a people or as a community in Christ. Does this have any implications for you now?


THE GOSPEL
Matthew 25:1-13

At midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him’! Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.


Lord, we trust that you will come for us sinners.

Until then we try to catch just a glimpse of you: in midnight stars, and geese in flight;
planets on path, the child’s face; each sorrow and all joy.
Please bless our seeking for you, flasks full and lamps trimmed.
Let us find you in all things.

MT 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.' While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

 

 

 

Discussion Questions
1. Jesus’ parable is about being watchful and well prepared. Is the “stay awake” assignment just for people over a certain age, or people who have gotten bad news from their doctors? When you watch for God in your life do you sometimes “doze off”? What exactly were you waiting for?

2. In one of his General Audiences, Pope Francis discusses the parable of the ten virgins. He mentions keeping our hearts open to “goodness, beauty and truth.” How would that help us see signs of Christ’s presence in the world?


The Bridegroom is the Lord, and the time of waiting for his arrival is the time he gives to us, to all of us, before his Final Coming; … it is a time of watchfulness; a time in which we must keep alight the lamps of faith, hope and charity, a time in which to keep our heart open to goodness, beauty and truth. … What he asks of us is to be ready for the encounter—ready for an encounter, for a beautiful encounter, the encounter with Jesus, which means being able to see the signs of his presence, keeping our faith alive with prayer, with the sacraments, and taking care not to fall asleep so as to not forget about God. … Let us not fall asleep!

Holy Mass and Episcopal Ordination
9 November 2015

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