Today we celebrate the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. What a grand and lofty title for Jesus Christ and yet in our scripture readings today we don’t hear so much about grand and lofty. Ezekiel speaks of the Lord God as a shepherd. Nothing very regal about that title. This shepherd will seek out the lost, bring back the strayed, bind up the injured and heal the sick.
The Gospel of Matthew presents a parable of the final judgment. The Son of Man will come and sit upon his glorious throne. Now that is sounding more like a king. The ones who are saved are the ones who recognized Him in their lives. Where did they see Him – in the hungry and the thirsty, in strangers and the naked, in the ill and in those who were in prison. Not places where you would normally find a king.
We do honor Christ our King of the Universe today, but don’t forget what kind of king we have. And don’t lose sight of the places where you will find Him.
Next week we begin the season of Advent, a time for preparing ourselves for the celebration of Christmas. And a time to prepare ourselves for the second coming of Christ. Recently I received an email from Dynamic Catholic. The title of the message was “The Best Advent Ever.”
It reminded me that we all love Christmas, but it can be a stressful time for people. Advent is a reminder to take time to slow down. It is a time when we give gifts, but we are also called to give of ourselves. We wrap presents, but we also need to be present to others. We prepare our houses for guests, but we also need to prepare our hearts for Jesus. When we prepare well for Advent, we will be prepared for our best Christmas ever. Below are some of the ways we can prepare well for Advent.
Saturday, December 2nd there is an Advent retreat in the A/B room. Breakfast will be served from 9:00-9:30 a.m. The retreat will begin at 9:30 and run until Noon.
December 12th is our Communal Reconciliation Service. It begins at 7:00 p.m.
Our “Giving Trees” are up and have tags for you to choose. Gifts that you return to put under the tree will go to Lee’s Summit Social Services. These gifts will stock their Christmas store where families come and choose presents for their children.
Spirit of Giving is our program where people adopt families for Christmas. There is more information about this program in this bulletin. I understand that the number of families who are asking for this assistance has grown this year.
Dynamic Catholic has a program entitled “Best Advent Ever.” If you go to their web site, dynamiccatholic.com, and click on Free Resources, you will find this program. Every day of Advent you will receive a short reflection.
The fourth Sunday of Advent is December 24th. There will be only one mass that Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We will have our regular Saturday mass December 23rd at 5:00 p.m.