We are in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, and it is quickly coming to a close.  We are also in the month dedicated to the Holy Souls who await their final place at the Heavenly Banquet.  The Church in her wisdom uses this time to remind us of the end times–not THE END TIMES so much as OUR PERSONAL END TIME.  The readings give us much to think about.  Today we hear about the two productive servants and the unprofitable one, and of course, are asked to think about which type of servant we are.

For about 15 years now, I have been reading In Conversation with God as part of my daily prayer.  Every day I am given something to ponder and a part of my life to examine.  And even though I have been doing this for a long time, each reading is new because I am not always on top of things spiritually and the circumstances of any particular day in my life may change from year to year. 

Today I was struck by a poetic image used for this 33rd Sunday. 

When a life comes to an end, perhaps we may think something like a candle has gone out.  But we should also see death as the time when something like a tapestry has been completed.  We have watched this tapestry being made from the reverse side where the design of the artwork is blurred and the knots and twisted loops of the needlework are prominent.  Our Father God contemplates the tapestry from the good side.  He is pleased to behold a finished work that manifests a life-long effort to make good use of time.   (In Conversation with God, Volume 5, p. 475)

So as we construct our own tapestries and try to make them as beautiful as we can, we can also contemplate the beautiful tapestries of those who have gone before us and ask that eternal rest be granted unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.