Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

11-20-2022From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. Antony Arockiadoss

Dear Family!

St. Ambrose wrote, “The superscription is written and placed above, not below the cross, because the government is upon his shoulders. What is this government if not his eternal power and Godhead? When asked, “Who are you?” he replied, “The beginning, who also speaks to you.” Let us read this superscription. “Jesus of Nazareth,” it says, “The King of the Jews.”

The superscription is fittingly above the cross because Christ’s kingdom does not belong to his human body but to his divine authority. The superscription is fittingly above the cross, because although the Lord Jesus was on the cross, he shines above the cross with the majesty of a king.” (Exposition of the Gospel of Luke)

The Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King this Sunday. As we know from the gospels that Jesus revealed His Kingdom is not of this world. Yet Jesus taught us to pray for that coming of that Kingdom which is not of this world (Your Kingdom come!). When Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925, he wanted the Church to experience the peace of Christ. (Pax Christi in regno Christi). We live in that peace when we surrender our lives to Christ thus Christ rules our lives.

This Kingdom which is not of this world is about love and service as Jesus came to serve and not to be served. Service to our parish and service to our community are expressed in our various parish ministries. At the end of the month (27th of November) Deacon Larry will initiate the Sacramental Committee’s new member recruitment and will follow it up with training sessions for all ministries. As you can recall, these ministries were already here, we are just organizing them for our better practices.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! ’Thanksgiving’ is one great time our parish helps the less fortunate, the poor and the needy in our community. We thank all our volunteers and ministries who help the poor to celebrate a meaningful Thanksgiving this year. Thank you for all your food donations! There is no better way to celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King than to serve our people like our Lord and King Jesus.

Fr. Antony