Pastor's Blog - November 14, 2021

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings this Sunday -- Daniel’s prophecy of a future time when the dead will rise from their graves and receive what they are due and Jesus’ vision of the end of the world (as we know it) and the last judgment that we all will face -- invite us to think about all the “not yets” of our lives. We are all sinners, redeemed but so imperfect and so weak and so prone to fall.  We must acknowledge in faith that we’re not there yet.  We’re still on the way.  We’re all a work in progress.

A week from Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, a uniquely American holiday when families gather for a great meal and the making of precious memories.  If we have not yet recognized how precious and sacred life is in all its complexity and wonder, doesn’t this holiday provide us with a golden opportunity to do so and give thanks to God?   Our time on earth is fleeting… it won’t last forever... but our souls will.  Our appointment before the judgment seat of God gets closer every day.  In the meantime, may this Eucharist give us the grace to turn all our “not yets” into something beautiful for the Lord and beneficial to his people.