Week of November 23, 2014

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“Mother Teresa diagnosed the world’s ills in this way: we’ve just ‘forgotten that we belong to each other.” Kinship is what happens to us when we refuse to let that happen. With kinship as the goal, other essential things fall into place;

without it, no justice, no peace. I suspect that were kinship our goal, we would no long be promoting justice – we would be celebrating it. (Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle)

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. This is ironic because Jesus never acted like a king. He embraced poverty, not wealth. He taught humility, not arrogance. He emphasized service, not domination. He chose a cross, not a palace.

His kingship lay only in his plea that we completely reverse our notion of what truly matters in life, and what will ultimately satisfy our heart’s greatest desires. Kinship, instead of kingship – this is what Jesus is truly passionate about…kinship with the least, the lost and the last.

He keeps it simple so none of us can claim we don’t understand what he’s saying. He simply talks about food, clothes, water, and shelter – the basics of life. So, in his last words to us in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is telling us that when we each stand before our God, we won’t be given a test that will be confusing or difficult. It will instead involve only the most practical of questions: Did you feed the hungry? Did you shelter the homeless? Did you care for the sick?

And what will our answer be?

You will see in this bulletin a short notice about a desire to establish a benevolence fund for parishioners who are in need. I hope you take time to find it and think about what your response will be.

Tuesday, Nov. 25th, we will have a mass of thanksgiving at 7:00 p.m. Please bring sacks of groceries for Lee’s Summit Social Services. Most of all come with a grateful heart for the many ways you have been blessed this past year.

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