November 10, 2023 | Source & Summit
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Young women lift up their hands while praying the Our Father at Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green, during a June 18, 2023 Mass in celebration of 14 years of the Myanmar Catholic community being a part of the parish. ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD | WKC

Source & Summit: Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it. 

-The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11

Source & Summit is a feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of Parish Revival. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace.

Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.


Sunday, November 12, 2023:

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Wisdom 6:12—16

Psalm 63:2—8

Thessalonians 4:13—18

Matthew 25:1—13


A celebration of the reign of God that goes way beyond the tight, drab, rationalistic, verbose, pedagogical exercises we sometimes try to make of it—all those dreadful “themes” that we love—into a large, broad, fully human landscape, where Jesus is truly the firstborn of a new humanity, and where our other liturgical tools (festival excess and colors and tastes and textures and odors and forms and touches) penetrate the Babel of our words and points and arguments to heal the human spirit and raise up the covenant community’s vision of new possibilities. Good liturgical celebration, like a parable, takes us by the hair of our heads, lifts us momentarily out of the cesspool of injustice we call home, puts us in the promised and challenging reign of God, where we are treated like we have never been treated anywhere else.

-Robert Hovda


To learn more about the Diocese of Owensboro’s celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival, visit

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