“Stay awake.” – 11.12.17

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

Dear Parish Family,

“’Go instead to the merchants and buy some oil for yourselves.’ While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the doors were locked. Afterwards the others came and said, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

The Dowd Children

How often we hear the expression, “this is a wakeup call.” It might call us to study harder, begin a healthier life style, or even to express gratitude for escaping an accident or tragedy.

The parable of Jesus, who many have read this year, is directed to me today. How ready and prepared am I to accompany the Lord, who is walking with me today? The lamp oil is God’s grace. Is it burning in me, at this moment? If the battery is low, where can I have it recharged? God’s grace we find in the sacraments.

The Campbells

How often we have been offered the example of a door, as opening the door of our hearts to the Lord, or He Himself knocking at the door wanting to enter. He is the gatekeeper. A door allows entrance to another place.

Don’t put off applying the parable to your own spiritual life. It is my wakeup call.



Loving God, author of grace and mercy, You call us through our baptism in the Spirit to continue the mission of your beloved Son, Jesus. Open us to listen attentively for your invitation. Empower us to respond to your call. Inspire women and men to follow the path of service. Together may we build up the Church to be a vibrant sign of your presence in our world. We offer this prayer in the name of your Son, Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

May you have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!

Listen to my homily today: 

Joyfully in the Lord,


Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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