Pastor’s Reflection for November 20, 2016
This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. This is the last Sunday of our liturgical year. Next Sunday we celebrate the beginning of the Advent season in our preparation for the great feast of Christmas. As we bring our liturgical year to a close, we can reflect on who or what sits on the throne of our heart. Basically, contemplate what is the most important thing in our life. The good news of Scripture gives us a clue for it says that my soul is thirsting for God. If anything other than God is in the center of my life, then I will have an inner thirst. But if it is God, then I will experience peace and joy within. The Church proclaims that Jesus is the King. It is not dependent on how many votes He gets, He is King now and forever. Let us live as citizens of heaven and bow down and worship the King.
This Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving. As a society, we give one day to acknowledge our blessings but as Christians it is a daily proposition. In fact, the first thing we should do when we awake is to offer a prayer of Thanksgiving for a brand new day. This is the first gift we receive from God each day. If we look back and reflect on the gifts we have and are receiving from God it is overwhelming. All that is good comes from the hand of God. May this Thanksgiving be a time of family, good food and love but may it also be a time of thanking the Lord for His great love.
On Thanksgiving there will be the 6:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Masses. There will be no 9:00 a.m. Mass. I will bless the bread and wine for your dinner table. You may place them on the sanctuary before the Mass.
A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You’ve done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
~ Mary Fairchild
I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, November 22, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,