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Dear friends,

Two celebrations dominate the calendar this week, The Feast of Christ the King, which we celebrate today and Thanksgiving, which we celebrate on Thursday.
Christ the King is really the late-comer feast. It was inaugurated by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as a counterweight to the growing trend to deify the state as the ultimate source of both power and loyalty. This was most especially exemplified by the totalitarian governments of the time, especially the communists in Russia, the fascists in Italy and, later, the Nazis in Germany.

The Church was reacting to systems of government that sought to place themselves, instead of God, in the hearts of their citizens. While all three may have gone away, the errors they propounded have stayed, taking other forms.

If God can be pushed out of the human heart by the State, He can be pushed out by ourselves as well. Many have come to believe that humankind today worships itself, rather than God. Our age has been called the age of entitlement, that you and I think we are entitled to whatever we think will make us happy. But in the Gospel today, Jesus tells us that He has come to testify to the truth, specifically that He is the Word Incarnate. And the Word Incarnate has come to reveal God to us and in revealing God to us has called us to follow a way to be happy that isn’t always focused on ourselves. So, this Feast of Christ the King invites us to look into ourselves again and to ask, who, or what stands in the center of your heart, your life, your search for fulfillment and meaning? Who or what claims you, your energies, your vision, your dreams?

What might you name today? Your family or someone in it? Your career? Your possessions? Would you name God? But if you say yes, I ask you to prove it to yourself? By your fidelity to worship? By your impassioned defense of belief (the same way you might defend the Giants)? By your support of the work of the Church? By your living out Jesus’ example (compassion, forgiveness, gentleness, welcoming)? You see, if you say Christ is King and stands at the center of your heart (rather than yourself), you really have to explain how.

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, truly one of the great American days of celebration. As we all know, it has been a very difficult year and continues to be. But even with all the struggles and challenges that confront us, we still enjoy the blessings and fruits of the one great gift that the pilgrims were thankful for centuries ago, the one great gift for which we are thankful on Thursday, the one great gift we pray we will never loose – our freedom. As we pray in Thursday’s Mass:

You have entrusted to us the great gift of freedom, a gift that calls forth responsibility and commitment to the truth that all have a fundamental dignity before you. (Preface from the Thanksgiving Day Mass).

But in that same Mass, we are reminded that those on whom God has poured out His blessings are called to share those blessings with others.
Father all powerful, your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infinite; as we come before you on Thanksgiving Day with gratitude for your kindness, open our hearts to have concern for every man, woman, and child, so that we may share your gifts in loving service. (Opening Prayer from the Mass for Thanksgiving Day).
As you gather at your table with those who are dearest to you, I offer this prayer for the day:

Oh, Heavenly Father,
We thank You for food and remember the hungry.
We thank You for health and remember the sick.
We thank You for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank You for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That Your gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving & God Bless,
Fr. Ron

 

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Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
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and 12 noon
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Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
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