Today we begin the new Liturgical Year and the Season of Advent in preparation for the great feast of Christmas. Advent is a penitential time, though not so severe as Lent, and this is why there are no flowers in the Church and our music is a little more sober. We also refrain from using the Gloria during the mass as another way of distinguishing the season.
We have reached the final Sunday of the Liturgical Year which celebrates the Feast of Christ the King and in the Gospel today we are presented with the account of the Final Judgement. This is appropriate since that final great day will be the culmination of the whole of history, it will be what we have all been waiting and praying and working towards.
We are gradually coming to the end of the Liturgical Year, it actually concludes next Sunday with the Feast of Christ the King. Over the last few weeks the Gospel texts have been increasingly stressing the importance of being ready for Christ’s Second Coming. This is appropriate since on the final Sunday of the Liturgical Year we look at the Last Judgement.
We are approaching the end of the liturgical year and the tone in the Gospel texts is stressing more and more that we must be ready and prepared for the second coming.
The parable we are given today about the wise and foolish bridesmaids puts this need for preparedness quite starkly.
Father Alex McAllister SDS
Parish Priest of
St Thomas à Becket