This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. On this solemnity, we celebrate and reflect upon the unique kingship of Christ. His kingdom is not of this world. It is both a heavenly kingdom and a kingdom in our very midst. The Kingdom of God transcends both heaven and earth. We belong to this kingdom by virtue of our Baptism, and daily we contribute to building the kingdom by the ways in which we live and teach Gospel values. The kingdom of which Christ is King is an “eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace” (from the Preface of Christ, King of the Universe). In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus responds to a question posed by Pilate. Jesus does not admit to being an earthly king. Instead he says, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.” He wants Pilate to understand that his purpose in coming into the world was to testify to the truth. What is that truth? Jesus is the Son of God. When we encounter Jesus, we encounter God – a loving, forgiving, merciful, compassionate caring God who calls all of us to belong to him. As we reflect further on this week’s Gospel, let us ask ourselves: Do we seek Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life? Do we listen to Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life? Do we follow Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life? Is he first and foremost in our lives? How do our lives evangelize and draw others into choosing to be part of the Kingdom of God?
Next Sunday, we begin a new Liturgical Year with the celebration of Advent. Little Blue Books (with Seminarian prayer cards) are available for our spiritual enrichment this weekend at all the church entrances. After 9:30 Mass next Sunday, December 2, there will be a gathering in the Parish Youth and Activities Center for individuals and families for “Advent Preparation and Enrichment” in which we will initiate a special year devoted to Prayer. Make sure you get a bulletin next weekend listing all the opportunities for spiritual enrichment this Advent Season.
Please keep seminarian, Marc Hopps, in your prayers this week. Marc will be ordained a deacon this Friday. This is a most special time for him and the members of the Church of the Diocese of Saginaw.
Blessings on your Week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ