Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christ the King, cycle C

"Rule over us!"

Luke 23:35-43

Today, the question lingers when every Catholic desires for this day when he and the King of Kings meet.  After all liturgies and expressions of faith, could we honestly admit our intimacy with Jesus, the King?

In the first reading, the Israelites admit, "You led Israel in the land of exploits... you are the man who shall be shepherd of my people, Israel."

The King is a loving shepherd; entrust ourselves and our families to the care of the great Shepherd.

In the gospel, the King is a redeemer who saves his people from their sins.  In our state of unfreedom, do we turn to the divine Master to rid us of our personal sins especially, greed and pride?

Finally, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Jesus as resurrected becomes the King with "a name above any other name."  He is ruler of Heaven and earth.  Do we see the world and ourselves already resurrected and this world freed or in our actions it would seem what we have already compromised good for evil or laxity?  Our mission calls us to always rise from this world's wounds and sins because Jesus already triumphed over death and sin.

Let our every thought, word and action reflect the resurrection of Jesus.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

All Souls Day

Holy Gifts, Holy People

Luke 7:11-17

"God's holy gifts for God's holy people!" is the theme of the communion of Saints.

The communion of Saints is a two-fold communion of holy things coming from the Lord Jesus and the communion of persons that make up the People of God.

And who are God's people? The Communion of Saints refers to the entire Church which is not in any way interrupted by death, "in the union of wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the church, this union is reinforced by the exchange of spiritual goods." (CCC 494)

Who comprise God's people?

First, we recall to mind those in heaven, our communion with the saints. "Our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as form its foundation and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself." (498)

Second, we reinforce our communion with the dead.  "Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective." (500)

Third, our communion with one another.  "For if we continue to love one another and to join in praising the Most Holy Trinity - all of us who are sons of God and form one family in Christ - we will be faithful to the deepest vocation of the Church." (501)

Grant that we may see the values of these two days, All Saints Day and All Souls Day as days of not of fear or death, but life, holiness and communion.

31st Sunday, C

God's mercy and our conversion

Luke 19:1-10

Perhaps, we have not felt it enough, but everything is a product of God's mercy.  From the creation of the world to the recesses of people's hearts, could we now feel our intimacy with God?

Remember the words of Psalm 8: "What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?  You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor."

Only with such intimacy could we experience our true conversion and serve the Lord with all our lives.

Reflect on Zechariah in today's gospel.   From a corrupt infidel, he changed his ways when Jesus visited his home.  He promised to give half of his belongings to the poor.  Such conversion could only be a product of deep experience of intimacy with the Almighty.

Continue reflecting on God's mercy.  First, remember that the whole of creation is filled with his loving presence.  Second, remember how much he loves us by creating us.  We ourselves are products of God's love.  Third, let maximize all opportunities for conversion because He is most willing to give us a chance to be like Him.

May everything that we see, touch, and hear be signs of God's loving mercy.