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Sunday – November 23, 2014 – CHRIST THE KING

We are in the process of updating our website:

You can now find the following at the top of our Home Page:
Bulletin Tab contains current bulletins
Schedules contain current ministry schedules, parish calendar and Mass Schedule for Christmas 2014
Photo Tab contains photos from various parish events – Parish Auction and Bishop’s Fundraising Supper

In addition we have updated the vatican website

Please stay tuned as we continue to make improvements to our website



REFLECTION FOR CHRIST THE KING – November 23, 2014

Compassion is the Measure

 Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

The church year always ends on a downbeat: Judgment! Those aware of the three-year lectionary cycle know that three gospels are used sequentially to illustrate the idea of Christ the King, and all involve the idea of choices freely made, and judgment swiftly rendered. The first is the one we hear today: the straightforward matter of the sheep and the goats. Christ is literally described as the king who sits in judgment over his subjects. A lifetime of compassion is rewarded with compassion from the king. A lifetime of indifference and rejection? Alas, the same!

The second gospel for this day is the showdown between Jesus and Pilate in the Jerusalem courts. Is Jesus really a king and if so, does he claim more authority than Pilate, who represents Caesar? Pilate is forced to make a choice about ultimate authority in this world, and so are we.

Finally, we have the gospel story about three men being crucified on the same day. One hangs under the accusation: King of the Jews. A second man jeers at the idea of a crucified king, even as he is dying next to him. The third man, also dying, looks at Jesus and recognizes that he really is a king. This story is a third way to describe Judgment Day, the hour when we have to ante up for the game we’ve playing, to show all our cards and declare our position once and for all.

Judgment is a good way to end the church year. It’s the way everything ends. At the close a satisfying day, don’t we say: “Wow, that was just perfect, wasn’t it?” At the finish of a difficult day, we also decree: “Glad that’s over! I don’t ever want to go through that again!” We judge movies we see, books we read, leaders leaving office, our employment years at the time of retirement. When sporting events conclude, the real parsing of every aspect of the game just played begins. As wars wind down, libraries fill with military analysis and critique of all players and maneuvers. And what is an obituary or an epitaph but the last word pronounced on the subject of us, the measure of our lives, the ultimate evaluation of our performance?

Judgment is how things end. It’s how we end. It’s how the church year comes to its conclusion. If it seems like a downbeat, we might reconsider it as a pre-assessment before the boss comes into town and evaluates each performance in real time. Each church year is a dress rehearsal for eternity. How are we doing in 2014? Better or worse than in 2013? What does that progress or regress tell us about what’s needed for 2015? Christ, King of the Universe, has pronounced mercy the standard by which we’ll prove our loyalty.

Reprinted with permission Prepare the Word (©2014) http://www.preparetheword.com


For the complete bulletin refer to the Bulletin tab at the top of the page and you will get a complete copy of the Bulletin and the Diocesan Bulletin.

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