This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. The Gospel of Luke, in its particular way, demonstrates what kind of king Jesus is. There is an inscription over the crucified Jesus – This is the King of the Jews. His enemies taunted him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” In other words, “Real kings take care of themselves first.” Jesus responds to their taunt by instinctively taking care of someone else. (Only in Luke does Jesus encounter a good thief.)
Throughout Luke’s passion narrative, no matter how much pain Jesus is suffering, he’s always concerned for others. During his arrest in the garden, Jesus cures the man whose ear has been cut off. After his trial, he looks sympathetically at Peter who has just denied him three times. Only in Luke is Jesus worried about what will happen to the women who mourn his crucifixion. Following the same pattern, the good thief incident enables the evangelist to once again demonstrate Jesus’ endless concern for others, a concern that is still being shown within minutes of his own death.
No matter what title biblical Christians attached to Jesus, they could be confident they were dealing with someone who always focused on them, not on himself. This insight challenges us to look at leadership from a different perspective. The Gospels consistently emphasize that as followers of Jesus, we are to relate to one another by service, not domination. The message is to focus on those in the community who have no clout, those who are on the fringes of society. We are to be servants of those whom most other people ignore. (Taken from Fr. Roger Karban’s reflection in Celebration)
In what ways do you need to refocus to let others know you care about them?
- Don’t forget to sign up for a Morning of Reflection from 9:00 – Noon on Saturday, Nov. 30th. Gathering and breakfast begin at 9:00 and Fr. Steve Yavorsky will begin the reflection at 9:30. It is a good way to prepare ourselves for the Advent/Christmas season.
- Paper bags will be available after mass for you to take home, put food in them and return them to church for our Mass of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:00 p.m. The food collected will go to Lee’s Summit Social Services. If you are not able to come to our Mass of Thanksgiving you can bring them next weekend.
- At our Mass of Thanksgiving next Tuesday we will also have a blessing of food you will be using for your Thanksgiving feast. (I promise I won’t take anything from the table.)
- The Ministerial Alliance is having its annual Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 24th, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Ann Episcopal Church.
- There will be a special collection next weekend to assist the victims of the recent Typhoon in the Philippines and Vietnam. The money raised will go to Catholic Relief Services.