With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, every day seems like the next. And yet, here we are celebrating the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the final Sunday of the liturgical year, Thanksgiving Day this Thursday, and the Christmas Holy Day season right around the corner.
Today’s Gospel is my favorite: the parable of the last judgment. Caring for the most needy of the world is what the Kingdom of God is all about. Rather frighten us, it ought to be a comfort to know exactly what is on the final exam. Thanks to our reading, we know how we can inherit eternal life. Those who are welcomed into the Kingdom feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the ill, and visit the imprisoned.
Few of us are virtuous enough to care for the least of our brothers and sisters all of the time, in every circumstance. Hopefully none of us totally ignore the needy. Often we choose to spend that extra money on ourselves, or that extra time on something we enjoy. We pray for the grace to make us more generous, and at the same time, hope God’s mercy is even more generous to us especially during this holiday season.
If you are able, please join us on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 25th, at 7:00 PM (music starts at 6:30 PM). Eucharist means Thanksgiving. What better way to thank God for all His marvelous gifts than praying together at Mass. Let’s try not to make every day the same, but special because we spent it with the Lord and one another.
Love, Peace, Joy