This week is Thanksgiving, and we will be having a liturgy at 9:00 a.m. on that day. Along with that we will be canceling mass on Friday, the day following.
More importantly of note is this weekend is The Solemnity of Christ the King, which means we are at the end of the Liturgical year.
What kind of king dies on a cross between two criminals even though one has gone down in history as the “good thief?”
Answer: A king who suffers and accompanies his subjects when they are in agony. A king whose example teaches his subjects to do the same for others.
This is what we see with Christ the King. This Solemnity is not about earthly power and authority, this is about the love of God who humbly came to this Earth, becoming one of us and serving God the Father in this world. It is the example of what all of us are called to do. That is to serve God, serve one another and serve our church family. Thus, fostering the love of Christ to all we come in contact with.
As you head home today after Mass, I ask you to reflect on these four questions:
- Where does Jesus shepherd His flock?
- Does Christ the King come to rule your life through imposing His will or changing your will?
- How does Christ as King change the plan for your life?
- How is Christ an alternative king – not your ordinary rule maker?
Fr Ron Richards