Homily Thirty-second Sunday Year A

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Homily for the Thirty-second Sunday Year A

Reading 1: There is a difference between the natural gift of human wisdom and the spiritual gift of wisdom. The first is something that can be developed on our own. The second is a gift given to by God. This gift is given to us as one of the spiritual gifts at baptism.

What is this wisdom? It enables us to perceive things as God perceives them, through the eyes of God, in a sense. What is God’s perspective? How often is this wisdom part of our thinking? How often is it not?

We have human wisdom, which deals with human affairs. But when we are dealing with decisions that have eternity as a consequence, God doesn’t want us to depend on human wisdom but gifts us with wisdom which from above.

What would happen if besides being humanly wise about situations we pray for God’s wisdom? God desires us to see things from his perspective, because then we will see the truth, namely the situation as it really is.

The first condition is to be aware of God’s love for us in this matter and to love God. For it is his mind that we are seeking.  Even though we have been given the spiritual gift of wisdom, we need to pray for the ability to exercise it and then act on it. Wisdom leads to right order and right relationship according to God’s plan.

Gospel: The Gospel portrays the difference between natural wisdom and spiritual wisdom.  In different ways Jesus has spoken of the need to prepare for his coming either at the time of our death or his second coming in glory.

Since we don’t know the day nor the hour the Lord will return, we are called to remain vigilant and prepared. The foolish virgins those who relied on human wisdom, while the wise virgins are those who relied on the spiritual wisdom.  Anticipating the potential delay of the groom, the wise virgins had an extra supply of oil. The others did not anticipate. One group entered the wedding feast, while the other remained outside for their lack of preparation.

In calling for us to be wise in the ways of God, Jesus was saying that many decisions we make have more than a present moment consequence. They have eternal effects.  This is clear from the words of Jesus to the unprepared virgins. He said: “I don’t know you.”  They were not prepared for the most important moment in their lives. Not to be known by God is tantamount to eternal alienation from him.  If we do not seek the mind of God in small matters, how will we seek it in ultimate matters, namely our eternal salvation?

Seeking God’s mind then places us in a response relationship with God. We seek in order to make right decisions.  For our decisions will impact our eternal life.

Reading 2: This reading gives us one instant in which St. Paul came through the gift of wisdom to know a mystery beyond his human understanding, namely the resurrection of the dead.

People who have no awareness of God would see death as the final moment of life. They cannot see beyond the grace using human wisdom.

Our faith in Jesus tells us that there is eternal life after Physical death. Just as Jesus died and rose from the dead that if we die in Christ, we will both live in Christ eternally and our physical body will be raised from the grave and be united with our spirit.  The key is that we will be with the Lord eternally.

We profess this in the Creed every Sunday, but may not often reflect on the reality of what we profess. Our purpose for existence is not to gain material good and possessions but to share life with Christ now and forever.

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