Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We come to the last Sunday in Ordinary time, the Feast of Christ the King. We also end the liturgical year and begin another year next Sunday, December 2nd, the First Sunday of Advent. Christ the King is one of the more recent feasts in the liturgical life of the Church. It was placed in the calendar by Pope Pius XI in 1925. This was a time in which the world was seeing the rise of dictatorships and atheistic communism in many countries, even after the bloody carnage of World War I. Monarchies in Russia, Austria-Hungary and Germany had fallen. Pope Pius XI was keen to remind Catholics that the ultimate ruler of their lives is Jesus Christ and to Him we have to give ultimate obedience. He was to be king of our lives, He whose kingdom had no end. This was necessary for all people of faith, according to Pius XI, if there was to be lasting peace among men and nations. Pius lamented that many Catholics had given up the practice of their faith in the face of these changes in society. He encouraged them to once again make Christ their king for every aspect of their lives, at home and in public. Practically, he encouraged Catholics to practice devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as a way of strengthening their resolve. The feast of Christ the King still has meaning in our lives as well. It is important that we keep Jesus at the center of our day and lives as there are many other voices that claim our attention.
God bless you all.
Administrator Pro Tem