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32nd Sunday of the Year A


A consistent theme of these weeks leading to Advent is akin to the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard: Semper paratus: “Always ready.” For what? The military remains ready for threats or disasters like a tornado or flood, but Jesus’ call to be ready always is neither a threat nor a prediction of catastrophe. It is his expectation that we be aware of the presence of the sacred as we move through even the most ordinary day. Mary Oliver suggests the same in her poem “The Summer Day”: “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. / I do know how to pay attention.” Being prepared for the coming of Christ means keeping eyes and ears, hearts and minds open. The sacred, the Christ, is all around you.

Today’s readings:Wisdom 6:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 (154).

“Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Prepare the Word

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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