Feast of Christ the King
Today marks the final Sunday of Ordinary Time for this liturgical year as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. We hear in the Gospel how the Son of Man; the King of Glory, will be seated on his throne and all people of all time will stand before him waiting to be separated according to their deeds. As we take a moment to envision that picture in our minds, where do we find ourselves? When it is our time to stand before God will he see in us one of the humble righteous ones, or will he know us as one who is not deserving of eternal life? It is good for us to take time to think about this. What Jesus will determine is whether or not we lived as his disciple as we were called to by our baptism and he tells us, “Whatsoever you did to the least of my brethren, you did to me.” Have we actively engaged in feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty? Have we comforted the sorrowful and lifted the lowly? Have we welcomed the stranger and shown love and mercy toward others? If so, we can stand before the King of Glory anxiously awaiting our reward. If we have tried, not that there was any perfection in it, but if we honestly tried to offer all that we had been gifted in life to help make life better for others, then we, by faith and the promise of God’s word, can look forward with certainty to eternal life with Him.
This calls to mind so much of what I witness daily and week after week here at St. Francis Xavier. Our parish family is actively engaged in caring for the Body of Christ. Look at this list of beautiful works of mercy that have taken place here in our parish in just the past month or so:
We commemorated and prayed for our departed brothers and sisters
We hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive to assist in saving lives Our youth and teens wrote letters to “Pen Pals” – those in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living.
We walked with, supported, and prayed with families who experienced the death of a loved one
We collected and donated coats to provide warmth for the poor this winter
We donated food and money to the feed those in need who are served at the Place of Hope
Our Prayer Line was a buzz with prayers for healing and thanksgiving to God
Our children were instructed in the faith and encouraged to engage in service to others
Together we took boxes filled to overflowing to the Catholic Charities Food Shelf
We provided Communion to the homebound and drive-up Communion for those who cannot be at Mass during the pandemic
And all the while we celebrated inviting liturgies and live streamed Mass to parishioners and beyond that we might pray together
Indeed Lord, we as a family of God, are a people striving to live our Catholic faith. We are striving to be your disciples in many ways each day. Be with us Lord, strengthen us and give us courage to continue. Teach us your ways that we might stand before you, blessed as you call us to eternal life and happiness with you. This we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
In honor of Christ our King,