I pray that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I am so thankful for all of you and the love and devotion that you offer Our Lord here in His Church!
Please join us for our Forty Hours Devotion this weekend! Our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel will be open following 5:30 PM Mass Saturday, November 25 thru Monday morning, November 27, continuously, for forty hours of quiet prayer before our Lord. Thanks to our Knights of Columbus for providing security overnight Saturday and Sunday.
Today we celebrate the magnificent feast of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Our Bible readings provide contrasting images of this King of ours — He has authority over all, and yet, He is humble and tender in His care for us, especially the most vulnerable.
How can we properly honor and love such a King? By offering Him our very lives - by giving our time, talent, and treasure to Him and to the mission of His Church.
The Gospel passage from Saint Matthew shows us how. Our final judgment will be based not on how influential we became in society, or how high we climbed the corporate ladder, or any “worldly” achievements. Rather, our judgment will be based on how we treated the least of those around us. To make His point very clear, Jesus gives specifics — feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, showing hospitality to the stranger, and caring for the ill and imprisoned. The more deeply we embrace this way of life, the more closely our priorities will align with His.
A special thank-you to all of you who made your commitment to grow in giving of your time, talent, and treasure. This is our follow-up weekend, asking you, if you have not already done so, to complete a Commitment Card and return it to us this week. We are so grateful to be a vibrant, growing parish. It is thanks to our Lord working in you, and your cooperating, that any of this is possible!
Long Live Christ the King!
Fr. Mark Zacker