32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Matt. 25:1-13 The five foolish virgins
Full homily text: One of the most enduring and fascinating themes in our Western literature is the theme of the person who makes a bargain with the devil. If the devil obtains for me—this or that—then at the end of my life, in return, he may come for my soul. Pretty awful really.
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And always the deal is for something like wealth, or power or some hidden wisdom—something desirable but unobtainable by other means. In the story of Dr. Faust for example—Faust already knows everything and has the power that comes from knowing the secrets of the Universe. But he wants something different; and he strikes a bargain with the devil to possess Helen of Troy—the most famous beauty in history. In the classic American story — “The Devil and Daniel Webster”, the subject bargains away his soul just so that he can be more prosperous than his neighbors.