SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2020
OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
“Come you whom my Father has blessed. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you…”
This Sunday we celebrate the feast that concludes and gathers together all the celebrations of this last liturgical year. All that we have passed through in this extraordinary year is now brought to Jesus Christ, our Universal King. If we remember as far back as last Advent, we began preparing to welcome once again the King of Kings into our midst as our Saviour and Redeemer. Little did we know of all that this year would hold in store! We have been rocked to the core and challenged to hold our nerve in so many ways. Quite possibly we may feel that we have not been able to do that and that fear and anxiety have at times been insurmountable. These times continue to challenge us and our future remains uncertain in so many ways. Yet as Christians we have been introduced to the majestic and glorious figure of Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Like all our ancestors in the faith we are called to traverse the terrain of our existence in this world with our eyes fixed on him and in faith and trust in his almighty sovereignty. Soon we will begin to prepare once again for the feast of the Incarnation of Jesus at Christmas. This will rejuvenate us in our faith and hope and strengthen our belief in God’s limitless love. Before then, let us rejoice this Sunday in celebrating the Lordship of Jesus in our lives and in our world. Especially during times of adversity and struggle, we are called as God’s innocent children to give our lives in love and service of the Gospel and to Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
To Jesus Christ, the Universal King
O Jesus Christ, we acknowledge you as universal King. All that has been made has been created for You. Exercise all Your rights over us. We renew our Baptismal Vows. We renounce Satan, his pomps and his works; we promise to live as a good Christians. And, in particular we pledge ourselves to labour, to the best of our ability, for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, to You we offer our poor services, labouring that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred kingship, and that thus the reign of Your peace be established throughout the whole universe. Amen.
God bless you, Fr Martin
15TH NOVEMBER 2020
33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta famously said “God doesn’t necessarily ask us to do extraordinary things but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love!” At present we are all faced with such large events playing out on the world’s stage and we could easily feel powerless in the face of them. We may feel frustrated at the current situation in our society which has brought such radical changes and restrictions. We may be tempted to fear the implications and results of these changes in the future at all levels of society; social, economic and religious. However, we find something very interesting when we look at our Lord’s life as he sowed the seeds of the universal Catholic Christian faith among us 2000 years ago. Apart from a few large gatherings Jesus largely worked very personally with people; we would say these days – one to one. Jesus didn’t publish books, write to influential world leaders or travel extensively outside his own region. Not that these pursuits are not valuable or fruitful in human life in themselves, but Jesus didn’t do any of them. What he did was use the gifts that were at his disposal as the Son of God in the very ordinary circumstances of his encounters with people every day. In this week’s Gospel Jesus tells a parable about three people using their talents in different ways. To the two men who wisely did what was within their power with the talents they received their master said “Well done my good and faithful servant”. The man who buried his talent was not given such an encouraging response. Christianity is a religion of love and so it is always lived out in the ordinary opportunities God gives us to love him and our neighbour every day. This does not preclude large initiatives and a global vision in what we might do, but it sees the value in humbly bringing the Gospel into our everyday lives. Each of us has been given the gift of life and the gift of our own personal individuality to be ‘Jesus’ and to see ‘Jesus’ among those God places us with. Let us pray for one another in these challenging times that we will find our peace and fulfilment in being God’s ‘good and faithful servants’, trusting in his almighty love and power.
God bless you, Fr Martin