Call To Arms

Dear Friends,

Saint Paul speaks about end things, times and seasons, “the day of the Lord.” As our liturgical year draws to its conclusion next Sunday, our readings during these days do focus our attention on the four last things ~ death, judgment, heaven and hell. As I mentioned in my homily last weekend, this is not a morbid concern but actually one of joyful anticipation. With this weekend’s readings, it is also a call to arms.

What call to arms? Our first reading is a beautiful colloquy or reflection on the varied beauties of the worthy wife, a woman who fears the Lord and therefore is to be praised by all. As I read the reading in the light of the Gospel, I was taken to the truth that God has married divinity and humanity in Jesus Christ and through Him has united each of us with Himself in a loving bond of communion and life. Jesus is the Bridegroom and we are the Bride. By His grace, we are called to share the inner life of the Trinity as we strive for perfection and live in loving service of our brothers and sisters.

In the Gospel of the talents, Jesus explains what we are to be about. We see that God offers each of us gifts, talents, a participation in the work of the Kingdom. The parable is not only a call to receive gratefully all that God gives to us, which is absolutely everything, but to make use of God’s gifts in the work of the Kingdom, to share what we have received with our brothers and sisters, thereby extending the unity we have with God with each other. There is a divine plan at work here which we cannot always understand but which we are called to trust and to work for its fulfillment so that the Kingdom can shine forth through us and into our fragile, broken world.

That is a real call to arms. Not the arms of generals, emperors, dictators or the like; not the arms of the political elite, proposers of relativism nor sellers of consumerism. No our efforts go to the heart and soul of every one of our brothers and sisters. We want to get to heaven and we want to bring along as many others as we possibly can. Our life in this world includes the realities of death, judgment, heaven and hell. With Saint Paul, we can affirm that we do not live in darkness; that we are “children of the light and children of the day.” So then let us “stay alert and sober.”

Our Sacrament Sunday for our parents and families of children receiving First Sacraments and Confirmation went very well with wonderful presenters, I am told. Unfortunately, I missed it, coming down with an awful stomach bug on Sunday morning. Thanks to all involved in making it a special day.

We are looking forward to Thanksgiving Day and our Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9 am. How did Thanksgiving get here so fast? Once again, we will bless bread at Mass for you to take home and share at your family tables. There is no better way to begin this national day of thanks than by giving thanks to our Father in Church at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We look forward to being with you! And, to you and your loved ones, our prayerful best wishes for a truly blessed Thanksgiving Day!!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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