A Message from Fr. Hurley (November 22, 2020)

“…And the King will say to them in reply…”

Today we celebrate Christ the King as we conclude this liturgical cycle of our public worship cycle. It is so awesome to see in today’s scriptures the clear connection of our Lord, Jesus Christ to the role of Shepherd. Yes, Christ is our King, but not like any earthly King. Our Lord’s Kingdom is focused on the hungry and thirsty, the strangers in our midst, on the naked and imprisoned. In other words, our King leads us into battle for those most in need and those most vulnerable to the life-threatening forces at work in our world.

As we approach Thanksgiving Day and sense Christmas coming soon, we should pause to consider what the needs truly are in our own lives or those lives around us. This past year has brought much uncertainty to our way of life. However, this should lead us to reflect more critically on the kingdom to which we belong and the realities of that kingdom.

Here is an excerpt from one of President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamations (annual Presidential duty):

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

This got me thinking about our blessings and the needy in our lives today.

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Mt 25; 38,39.

Peace and Happy Thanksgiving,
Fr. Hurley