Sunday, November 12, 2017

Just Heavenly

I'm away on retreat right no homily to post for you.  Please pray that my spiritual exercises get me a bit closer to heaven!

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time   A 

The Four Last Things
Part II: Heaven

"The great lesson designed for us in this parable is expressed in those words with which our Lord concludes: Watch because you know not the day nor the hour. The bridegroom in the parable came in the middle of the night, that is, at a time when he was least expected…. Not that he desires to surprise us, for if he did he would not so often warn us; but that he desires we would always watch, and be always ready, that so we may never be surprised.…Oh, who can express or conceive the greatness of these heavenly rewards, of these highest honors, of these never-ending joys, signified here by our Lord's ministering in this manner himself to the servants whom he shall find watching!…Conclude to bear always in mind this indispensable duty of watching, so frequently inculcated by the Son of God, that so you may never be surprised and sleep in death. Carry always with you the lamp of faith to enlighten yourself, but never forget that this light must be kept in with the oil of good works."
Richard Challoner (1691-1781)

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