Lord, when did we see you…
Lord, when did we see you…
The Solemnity of Jesus Christ King of the Universe is the final weekend in our liturgical year. Over the past few weeks we have been hearing about the end times and being prepared, all leading up to our Gospel this weekend. Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, naked, etc. and not minister to your needs? What you did, or did not do for the least you did not do for me. The power of this statement should shake all of us to the core. Do we notice Jesus approaching us every day in one another? In the busyness and hustle and bustle of the world and its problems, are we paying attention?
As we are preparing to end the liturgical year now is a great time to make Jesus the King of our world. All of us, myself included can do better and making Jesus the priority. Take one day in this coming week and if possible try to imagine that every person you encounter is Jesus Christ. Would it change how we interacted with each of these people? Would we make the extra effort to say hello, be kind, compassionate, forgiving? Would we pay more attention to their needs, even above our own? Jesus encounters us every day of our lives, but many of us don’t recognize him, why not? It’s time for all of us to ask this tough question and prepare ourselves to change our lives so we do recognize him. Jesus wants us to see him, but the question is, do we want to see Jesus?
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, even though it may be different because of COVID, let’s make sure that we are thankful for the many blessings God has given to us. I want to share my sincere appreciation and thankfulness to all of you. I am thankful for St. Mary’s, her parishioners, staff, students and for the generous love and support I have experienced since Fr. Luke and I arrived. I’m thankful for so much, may God continue to bless each of you.
On an exciting note, I am excited to share with you that our parish is going to have a Day of Mercy on Monday, December 7 from 7 am until Tuesday, December 8 at 7 am. We will have 24 hours of Divine Mercy and Love being offered through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacrament of Healing and various prayers throughout the duration. The full schedule will be shared next week, but PLEASE mark your calendar and take advantage of our Day of Mercy. Jesus wants to encounter us, let’s take advantage and come for some time to experience Jesus’ presence. Any amount of time is wonderful. A priest will be available for the entire 24 hours to bestow the healing in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you need healing or forgiveness make sure this day is marked on your calendar.
Advent begins next weekend and our full schedule for Advent will be available for all of us to partake of some great ways to prepare our hearts and lives for the Savior. As the question was asked this week, Lord, when did we see you, let’s take the time to prepare to encounter Jesus and take advantage of all the ways our parish helps us to encounter Christ.
Keep Smiling :_)