Thirty-Forth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and forever! 

 Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King!  Our Lord Jesus is no conventional king…a personage of worldly might, power, and glory, who lords it over his subjects. 

Jesus is a king who serves those he rules.  Jesus is king of all the universe who committed Himself to serve, to suffer, to die for all people, but above all for those who were in any kind of need. 

That is why both today’s First Reading (Ezekiel 34: 11-16) and the Gospel (St. Matthew 25: 31-46) give us the figure of the shepherd: the one who watches over the flock and protects the sheep from danger, even at the cost of his own life. 

 Each of us receives a share in Christ’s Kingship when we are baptized.  Our baptism makes us members of His flock, but it also commits us to serving others as Jesus did, as a shepherd cares for all his sheep. 

 At the immediate judgment that will follow our death, we shall all stand before Jesus Christ our King.  Jesus our King will ask us many things:  How often have YOU gone to Mass, or how seldom?  How many prayers have YOU said?  How many sins have YOU avoided?  How much have YOU done for people in need?  We shall have to answer one basic question, and the important one: How much did YOU love ME?   Yes, how much do YOU love Jesus!?!? 

Our King is a King of Love.  Our hearts must be filled with love for Jesus, which enables us to love others and to serve.  Anything good we do for others is of infinite worth, if it is done for Jesus Christ.  What we do or fail to do for His least ones, we do or fail to do for Him.  The love of Christ, poured out so generously for us, must become our generous gift to others.  When we learn to respond to others with love, Jesus Christ becomes our way of life, our joy, our everlasting blessedness.  Sacred Heart of Jesus, may Your Kingdom come!

 Thursday, November 27th, is our Nation’s Thanksgiving Day!  As One Nation Under God…we come before Almighty God to thank Him for all our blessings.  I invite you to first begin your Thanksgiving Day festivities by attendance at Holy Mass.  Please join us at the special 9:00 AM Mass here at St. John Church.  Invite your family members, your friends, and your neighbors to come to Mass and offer thanks to God.  Make it a very special effort this year.  We are a grateful people of God!

 At the gateway between our old liturgical year and the new liturgical year to begin on the First Sunday of Advent, the Catholic Church places the figure of Jesus Christ the King.  Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever!  Long live Christ the King!

                                                         A blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving Time to all! 
                                                                                
Devotedly in Jesus Christ the King, 
                                                                                                                    
 Father Jim 
                                                                                 SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com

                                                                     Daily Offering Prayer with Fr. James Kubicki, S.J.

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