The Lord is King! He Reigns!
Today as we celebrate Christ the King, may we bow down in adoration at His feet and offer ourselves as living sacrifices to the King of Kings.
We have been working through the Book of Maccabees in our daily readings (the Deuterocanonical account of the Jewish community struggling with oppression around the years 167 to 151 BC).
The period of History is most important to us as it speaks of the struggle of the Jews to keep Holy in an unholy world and a world that sought, under Greek rulers, to get everyone to conform to the Hellenistic (Greek) way of life. Reviewing the period also helps us to understand the world that Jesus was born into and why the Pharisees and Scribes and the Jewish leaders were so opposed to Him. We need to understand our History, learn from it and live the present with wisdom. The Jews suffered to maintain their way of life and to stay true to God, they showed great courage and wrestled with how to remain true to God in a world that was against Him.
We need to learn that our faith has to be “fought for” our way of life has to be “fought for,” not a violent fighting, but a passionate upholding of our values, a dedication to that which we believe, is serving God.
Our Weapon is love, mercy and hope! We are to resist the devil and he will flee from us. (James 4:7).
I want to encourage each and every one of you to persevere in the trials that you are facing, to accept the Lord’s discipline and to focus on the community of Christ and break out of the negative cycle of individualism. The world forces us to place ourselves at the center of our universe and to do everything with our own interests as our primary objective. God calls us to live as community, to put others first to consider others and to show love for others. We need to take the opportunities to put hospitality and love into practice with each other. We need to learn to consider others as more important than ourselves, (That means to ask “how will this affect them, and then think about how it will affect you”).
As we celebrate Christ the King, we need to realize that if Christ is King then we are His subjects. We need to serve Christ, to give ourselves fully to His purposes, to seek His will.
This Sunday is the last Sunday of our liturgical year and from next week we begin a new cycle, a new beginning. Let’s use it. Let’s change the conversation, Let’s put the negatives behind us let’s hold onto every good thing that God has done in our lives, let’s stop living in the past and look to the future, let’s build this community on the rubble of the past, allowing God’s reconciling love to permeate every aspect of our lives.
I am so grateful to God for all the good things that I hear and see that people from our community are doing. My heart is glad when I see people responding to the ministry of the Church and to the Love of God and making a difference in their daily lives. May God bless you!
The Lord is King! Let the earth rejoice!
Be assured of my prayers.
From one who serves among you.