When the cravings of the five senses are tempered, the soul is more apt to perceive the deeper realities of the sacred mysteries. How can we learn to temper our five senses, then, in order to help our souls be more attentive to the arrival of the Bridegroom?
Although Sunday has long since been a day designated to God, it rarely is. The Archdiocese of Detroit is trying to change that with its family resource, “52 Sundays.” It includes reflections on saints, a prayer activity, and a recipe for each week.
Because of the virtual shift in everyday life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, any charitable efforts will likely be electronic in nature. So how can your parish participate in the global philanthropic event GivingTuesday, and how is donor behavior changing?
What presently has your heart? What occupies your mind? And what are you trying to gain at perhaps the cost of your soul? How can you love God with all you have? How can we love God with all our heart surrounded by so many others whom we love?
We have to keep our feet in two places. While we are of this world, we also are members of another. It is challenging to attend to our civil obligations and duties while remaining loyal to the greater truth that God is God and there is no other.
What’s at stake in this Sunday’s Gospel are the same themes of the end of time and judgment that we found in last week’s Gospel. Jesus is pulling the rug from beneath our feet. Remember, this isn’t just a nice story. Parables are intended to throw us off balance.