Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 26, 2017

Good ShepherdThis is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Though Jesus has been raised to a throne of glory, he rules not as a monarch set apart in splendor nor a warrior bent on revenge. Christ cares especially for the weak and vulnerable, and reigns as a shepherd who seeks and rescues and lives with the flock - bringing them back, binding them up, strengthening them. We honor Christ by acknowledging that he is within all of us, and by responding with care and compassion to those in need. Who are the “least” among us to whom Jesus tells us to reach out? How will we respond to the needs of the least in works of both direct service and advocacy? May our lives be shaped by Christ’s teaching, that God’s reign may be built through what we have done for the least of our brothers and sisters.

The Lord will recognize us if we have recognized His face in the face of the hungry, the poor, the marginalized, the sick, and the lonely.” (Pope Francis)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Ez 34: 11-12 & 15-17. God will care for the flock personally (since human kings have not). It was ordinary practice to describe the kings of Judah as shepherds in imitation of similar descriptions of God. Here God is described as unhappy with those who have been shepherding the flock (that is, the human rulers), so God will personally intervene to take on the responsibility. God will take special care of the weak.
  • 1 Cor 15: 20-26a & 28. Jesus is the faithful witness and the one with full authority. Christ's victory is cosmic. It will spread the way a river spreads across a plain, beginning with those who belong to Christ and embracing all things, until it has conquered even so stubborn an enemy as death. Then Christ will turn it all over to the Father.
  • Mt 25: 31-46. Each group is sure they never saw Christ in need. Judgment is based on our care—or lack of care—for "the least" among us. In other words, we must learn to shepherd as God does.

Of Note:

  • Thanksgiving Day Mass, 9:00 AM. Join us in thanking God for the many blessings we have received! (Please note the change of time to 9:00 AM)
  • You have ongoing opportunities for the individual Sacrament of Reconciliation, next on November 25, 2017 (the 2nd and 4th Saturdays) at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Help with singing, ringing, drama or playing stringed and wind instruments for our family Christmas Eve Mass at 5:00 PM December 24, 2017. Sign up in the Connector, or call the Office; rehearsals begin Saturday, December 9, 2017.
  • Thanks to all our Latino families who prepared the Dia de los Muertos memorial altar. If you brought in any photos or other memorabilia, please pick them up this week.
  • In November we take time to remember our participation in the communion of saints, and all those in our family of faith who have gone before us.
    • Take time to write your loved ones’ names in our memorial “Book of Life” You can find it at the main doors to the Worship Space by the baptismal font.
    • Recall their memory as we sing the litany of saints during our liturgies.
  • Remember to return your 2018 Stewardship intention card! Drop it in the mail, or in the box for them in the Connector.
  • Our new liturgical year begins with the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017. We begin again with Cycle B for our Sunday readings, praying primarily through Mark’s Gospel (and some of John’s).