Nov. 6, 2011 — Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
In fact, all three of the readings today are eschatological in nature. In the first reading, the writer personifies a heavenly wisdom, making note that this wisdom, which is clearly beyond this world, is readily available for those who prudently live their lives seeking it. That which is the only wisdom that satisfies “graciously appears” to those who “keep vigil.”
In the second reading, Paul addresses the Thessalonians about those who have died, assuring them that, through His death and resurrection, Christ has won the victory for us. Therefore, those who die in Christ will be raised.
So, it is clear that the message of today’s readings is one that transcends this world. They communicate to us about the hereafter. The lesson here is this: if you are not prepared for the heavenly feast, you will be locked out forever!
It is a sobering reminder of God’s love and justice. We don’t know when the Lord’s return will take place or when we will be ushered from this earth, so as stewards of God’s manifold gifts, we must use all of the time we have – every minute that passes – wisely.