November 22, 2020
Solemnity of Christ the King
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46
If it is true that from the age of about two years old, we ask questions, it is comforting to know that Jesus is always ready with an answer. Today there is an important question in the Gospel: “Lord, when did we see you?” If you think about it, this should be a question all of us ask at one time or another. What a wonderful reflection this could be for any of us at the end of our day: “Lord, when did I see you today? Was I paying attention? Did I notice you? Was a willing to respond to you?” As we celebrate the gift of Christ our King, who is the patron of our parish. It is also the final Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year; it is a weekend during which we have special times for Eucharistic Adoration; and it is the first weekend of the traditional holiday season with Thanksgiving Day next Thursday. Yes, a lot is going on. But, no matter how much is happening in our lives, the world around us, or even in the life of the Church, our readings remind us that we are rooted in the love of Jesus, who teaches us what is essential in life: to see Him in our lives, to recognize His love, and to put love into action. This is how our faith is lived out, as we see Jesus in the faces of everyone, especially the suffering, the poor and the hungry. Among the several amazing statements from the Scriptures today, perhaps the one that may home most is when Jesus says: “Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” In doing what we can for “the least” we become more and more the people God created us to be: His images of love and goodness in the world. So, let us celebrate this feast with great enthusiasm, and profound devotion to Jesus, with gratitude for our parish, and with a strong resolve to respond to the needs of those who desperately need our help. In doing so, we can ask that question: “Lord, when did we see you?” with confidence, knowing that we have looked for Him in our brothers and sisters. Let us pledge to do so, and work to have lives of holiness, goodness and kindness, in imitation of Christ our King!