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20171112 - Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:35 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 11:39 PM ]

Gospel of Matthew 25:1-13

Alfred's Reflection

I missed the opportunity to capture a special photograph at the Youth Rally Mass a few weeks ago. The church was awash in soft, beautiful, twilight shades of red and orange. Towards the end of the distribution of Communion, a married couple served the Host side-by-side. I got lost in my thoughts while they served. I reflected on their lifetime of service to others as Youth Ministers, the wise words that they dispensed, the love they shared freely from their hearts, and all the lives they have touched. I watched as they walked shoulder to shoulder to the altar table, returned the ciboria, bowed in unison in front of the sanctuary, and returned to their seats. There were peaceful smiles on their faces. It was a beautiful, blessed moment.

As they sat down, two realizations sunk in: 1) that the moment was over and gone and 2) that I failed to capture the moment with my camera. I failed even though I was holding my camera in my hands, attached to a monopod for stability, all set up for me to point and shoot! I took hundreds of photos at the Youth Rally throughout the day. I captured images in the church just a few moments earlier during the distribution of the Eucharist but zero images of this blessed couple serving Communion together. As a photographer, you never know when an opportunity to capture a special moment will come. Keeping your equipment ready and paying attention are important or you’ll end up with a missed opportunity like me.

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus tells a story about being ready at all times. In our modern times, it may be hard to understand the importance of having enough oil for lamps. Maybe the story would make more sense if you replaced lamps with cellphones and oil with battery packs. The gospel talks about being prepared, being ready, being vigilant and attentive in order to go to the ultimate feast. Are you ready? Are you paying attention? Are you doing the things you should be doing? What’s at stake is not taking a picture and it’s not missing a wedding feast. What’s at stake is your chance to go to heaven.