Sia Lodato Gesu Cristo! Sempre Sia Lodato!
Today is the Solemnity of Christ as King of the universe. The words expressed by the children of the Hebrews as our Lord entered Jerusalem: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” ring in our ears, minds and hearts. With this great feast, we come to the end of our liturgical year only to begin again next week with the First Sunday of Advent. Over a span of a year, we have heard in Scripture of the creation of the world, and the universe in Christ through whom all was created. We pray in our Creed, Through Him all things, visible and invisible were created. We have lived through a cycle of prayer where we have celebrated our King in the Eucharist with Scripture reflecting on and praying with the WORD MADE FLESH—the Christ. Jesus has taught us the way to discipleship while giving us a glimpse of the Kingdom of God. For when I was thirsty, you gave me a drink; hungry, you gave me food; imprisoned, you set me free; naked, you clothed me. What you did for the least of these, you did for me. Remember the Beatitudes? Blessed are you who do all these things and yours is the Kingdom of heaven! Christ our Shepherd King gave us a new law of love and showed us how to live it in right relationship with God, self, others and the universe. He is the Lamb of God, the King who gave his life that we may have eternal life. Christos Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat! Christ is conquerer Christ is king, Christ is ruler! All has been created through Him, with Him and in Him – today we acknowledge what we profess to believe and live every day of the year. Jesus Christ is our Lord, our God and King. As we come to the conclusion of this month and the liturgical calendar, it is an opportunity for each of us to prepare for the season of Advent and make the best of the next several weeks preparing our hearts and homes for the celebration of Christmas. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day! Wishing all of you a blessed week with the assurance of my prayers. Peace out – Fr. James, O.de M.