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The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week we celebrate the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Matthew’s Gospel, at first, may seem to be only about foolish people who forgot the oil.  It is much more.  The final sentences, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ and the response, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’  Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour” emphasizes our need to prepare our hearts for the moment of death. Just as we live, so we will all die.

Preparations for death are not something that we look forward to sharing with others, yet, we must prepare – no matter how difficult it is to accept. What does it involve?  Most of us think – “I need a will to take care of material items.”  Perhaps preparing is more than just “stuff” – we need to think about our lives – perhaps there are people we need to contact and ask forgiveness or perhaps we need to forgive them (and ourselves) in our hearts. Are there things in life that we need to change?  Are we holding anger or attitudes towards others that WE need to let go?  Are there people we need to tell that we love, share good times, or laugh with?

On the practical side – are there certain hymns we’d like to have sung at our Mass of Christian Burial?  Are there Readings that are meaningful?  Are there certain people we’d like to include in the Liturgy?

We must accept that we live so that we can die and return home to God – that is our purpose - to sharing God’s love on earth with others and being received into God’s love when God calls us home. 

On November 17th the parishes will be having a “Planning your Funeral Session” at St. Mary Parish at 1:00 p.m.  Perhaps it will help in the process – there is a limit of 8 people so please call the Office (989-584-6044) to reserve your space.  If you are not comfortable leaving your home, please call me and I will make sure that you receive the information you need.  Take time…

 

Notes from Nancy

Thoughts and announcements from our Pastoral Director, Nancy Woodcock. Please leave any questions in the comments.