32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Nov 12th, 2011 by Austin Keith | 0

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting”

One went off and dug a hole in the ground out of fear.

Next weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King which brings a close to our Liturgical Year. This year, we begin our Advent Season not only with anticipation of the Christ Child bursting forth into our world, but with the task of celebrating, indeed, maneuvering with the new Roman Missal. With enduring patience and strong fortitude, let us pray that we are worthy of the task.

Our readings today, as with last week, have a sense of urgency, warning those who listen to not get too comfortable with this world as it is passing away. Each passage challenges us to see through the glitter and recognize the Christ among us. We are reminded to anticipate the Lord’s Second Coming without losing the present.

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians, he admonishes his listeners: “Concerning times and seasons….let us stay alert and sober” (Thessalonians 5: 1-6).  The simple fact is that we must accept the challenge, centuries old, of living in the “now and not yet” of our Christian faith.  Our ancestors, in the early Christian communities faced this very same issue as they were hoping that Jesus would return within their lifetime. They were to recognize that “charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting”   (Proverbs 31:30), to keep their eyes on the things of the world to come. We also are in the same boat, the need to live our lives authentically with firm conviction that Jesus, who came and walked among us, knows our needs before we verbalize them. He knows the temptations that approach us on a daily basis. He sees the difficulty we have in failing to search for truth in the midst of falsehood; good in the face of evil, and holiness instead of falling for the pleasures of the moment.

As the old saying goes: “All that glitters is not gold.”