November 25, 2018

November 27, 2018

From Father Jordan, O.P.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May the grace of Our Lord remain always with us!

Today we celebrate the beautiful Solemnity of Christ the King. Today is one of my favorite feasts and it is so for many reasons. I love the music of this day; today is a feast that gives way to solemn ritual; and most of all, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King proclaims to the world the divine reversal for those who follow Christ. Our King reigns from the wood of Cross! Pope Benedict XVI writes, “……God yielded to Israel’s obstinacy and so devised a new kind of kingship for them. The King is Jesus; in him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself. This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to mankind. God does not have a fixed plan that he must carry out; on the contrary, he has many different ways of finding man and even of turning his wrong ways into right way…The feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who discover that they are in the hands of the One who writes straight on crooked lines.” Writing straight on crooked lines…… I have always loved this image. How much are our hearts and our lives the crooked lines on which the Lord writes a straight new word; a straight new direction; a straight new reason for hope?!?

Who would think that a straight line and freedom could come from the bent and crooked wood of the Cross? Yet, it does. Christ chose the Cross in total freedom and from its crooked wood we are given eternal life, freedom from our sins, and the constant reminder that whatever challenge or difficulty we face in life, the Cross of Jesus shines as a brilliant light in the darkness of our confusion, giving us hope, the courage that is only fear filled by prayer, and the faith that God is leading us to Himself.

Next Sunday we welcome the Season of Advent and we begin a new Liturgical Year. Today’s Solemnity of Christ the King begins a trajectory that is completed in the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism: Christ came that we might have life and to have  it to the full! Enjoy every moment of this great season; take time to pray; do not let the rush of the season take you away from its meaning—Christ is the source, center and end of our days.

 As we celebrate this wonderful Solemnity and enter into this great season of grace, let us ask the Lord to conform our hearts to His own as He writes straight on the crooked lines of our hearts!

Please know that you are with me every day at the altar, and please pray for me!

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you!

 With my prayers and thanks, I am,

Your grateful pastor,

Father Jordan,O.P.

 

Comments

Comments are closed.

Parish Giving

Featured Section #2

This area is a featured section on the homepage where you can write about your website. Here you can highlight what's new or other things which are important to your site visitors.
Continue reading »