This Sunday we will read the first of these, the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. This is a parable about how to live in the “meantime,” the time between Christ’s resurrection and his coming again to usher in the Kingdom. Not only does Jesus admonish his followers to “keep awake,” to be alert, he also tells us to prepare ourselves by doing the patient, consistent work of looking out for Christ and doing the things he has taught us to do. We are to be vigilant and ready to act in the service of Christ.
This Sunday will also be the day following Veterans Day, and we will remember in our prayers all who “in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy.” We will also pray “that we may not rest until all people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines” (Prayer for Heroic Service, BCP 839). As part of our remembrance, you will see the names of Christ Church parishioners who served in World War II displayed on either side of the west vestibule doors, where they were painted in the years following the war. The preservation of these names is the loving work of Christ Church archivists Lucy Rouse and Carolyn Levensailor, and their present display is the work of present archivist Douglas Kearley. Douglas has also provided “remembrance” poppies for the day, honoring a continuing custom in Great Britain, where this “Remembrance Sunday” honors those who served in World War I.
Like many who have gone before us, we live in an uncertain and challenging world, when it would be easy to give in to fear, to anxious reactions to threats around us. The faith we have received provides us with the tools we need to stay alert and to continue the work we have been given to do in our time. I am thankful that we are free to gather for worship and work together as the Cathedral Family.