Christ Our Servant King!
Today we honour Christ as King. And we honour him best in living and proclaiming the Gospel through our words, attitudes and actions. This year we have walked with St. Luke and his community as we have listened to the evergreen words of the Good News. Now let us as individuals, and as a community open our hearts in response to seek forgiveness from him who remembers us.
Lord Jesus, you were born in poverty in order to show us the riches of your Father’s love for us. We praise you. LORD HAVE MERCY.
Lord Jesus, you opened the eyes of the blind, and set prisoners of sin free. We thank you CHRIST HAVE MERCY.
Lord Jesus, your great love led you to the Cross, so that we might share in your risen life. We bless you. LORD HAVE MERCY.
A REALHOMILE FOR YOU AT HOME….
Today’s Gospel contains the questions on our exam papers when we die! Please note that the questions will be very materialistic. We will be asked about a slice of bread, a glass of water, or an overcoat. It is very important that we understand the implications of living and being “Good News” on this Feast of Christ the King.
Jesus takes whatever we do for others as being done to him. Like St. Paul, we have never met Jesus in the flesh, as he looked and appeared to his Apostles. We meet him now in the shape of others, whether he is happy, rejected, or marginalised. We hear Him through his proclaimed Word. And we celebrate Christ’s union with us, and with one another, in and through the Eucharistic Celebration.
It is interesting to hear those on his right being puzzled when Jesus told them all they had done for him. They were givers by Christian instinct; they were ordinary good people, who didn’t know what it was like not to be good. In our Australian language we would call them the ‘quiet achievers’. They were generous people, who could not be mean if they tried. They didn’t see themselves as exceptional, and they certainly weren’t always conscious that it was Jesus who was the recipient of their kindness. This is real virtue, because it becomes so ingrained as to become second nature. Their giving was never of a showy nature, where they sought the praise and approval of others.
The questions on the exam paper are so simple. ‘I was hungry…thirsty….naked…in prison….a stranger…and what did you do about it?
The group on his left were amazed to find that they had not done what was expected, because they probably never gave thought to others anyhow, and such actions were not within the range of their thinking.
With our final exam, we at least have the questions before time, and it is up to us to answer them through our Christ-like attitudes and actions. Fortunately, we are given the Sacramental nourishment, and The Living Word in Scripture as food for this pilgrimage journey, which we make together. We have food for thought in God’s Word, and we have the opportunity to “live” the answers in a genuine way within a community, which we call Christian!
We don’t have to go far to find someone who is hungry for a word of encouragement, or who is in the prison of depression, of loneliness, bereavement or despair. They are all around us, and we can be one of them too! Do we allow and welcome others to minister to us? This is sometimes a very big question.
The Feast of Christ the Universal King, is a timely reminder to us that the Kingdom that Jesus speaks about, and calls us to, is not a Kingdom of power, oppression and glory. In the Gospel we hear that the Kingdom is within! It is about loving service, encouragement of each other’s giftedness, forgiveness, love, peace and seeking God’s will in all things, and being Christ to one another.
I would like to conclude with this special Song titled: St. Teresa’s Prayer….
A story is told of the bombings of WWII That amidst the destruction a war can do A statue of Jesus was nearly destroyed That as men went to work on it, many hands joined
For the statue was their symbol of God’s presence Now more than ever they needed it for hope of existence Experts were called to do the long work of repair But, in the end, it was left handless…as a reminder to declare:
As before this city and the world this statue now stands Let all read at the base and do as inscribed: “Ye are my hands.” An endless invitation to a city now restored To learn of and do the needed work of the Lord
Thus, in this city, one greets with friendly handshakes And when there’s a need…the gift of hands reawakens Let us, too, go forth and follow this city’s example That the hope of Christ might come to another to then sample “You Are My Hands”
Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through He looks compassion on this world; yours are the feet with which He walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world.
YOURS ARE THE HANDS, YOURS ARE THE FEET, YOURS ARE THE EYES, AND YOU ARE HIS BODY.
Christ has no Body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He looks, compassion on this world. Christ has no Body now on earth but yours.
May God bless you and your families and may we never forget each other in prayer. It has been a great Year, and now we look forward to the next Challenge as Christ gives us in the New Year of A…….which starts next Sunday everybody. Cheers Frs. Kevin Walsh and Brian Gleeson. Sydney and Melbourne, and all the places in between!
OUR FAMILY PRAYER TIME………
This is a great opportunity to gather the Family in Prayer. Having a Prayer Setting really adds to and designates this time as a ‘special’ time together. You might like to have a nice coloured cloth on a coffee table, or on the centre of the Dining Room Table. You will need a candle, Crucifix, Bible …in the opened position, even at the Gospel of the Sunday, and maybe a flower. Prayer time needs to be able to engage as many of our senses as possible. Someone in the family might like to be the leader, then other family members can share the prayers….everyone can be invited to join is spontaneous shared prayer…
Mum or Dad, Nan or Par: Let us ask God to hear and answer our prayers, which we offer in union with Christ our King.
- That God’s people will serve Christ the King by caring for the spiritual and physical needs of his least ones, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our Prayer.
- That leaders of governments will recognise the rights of the oppressed and honour the dignity of all, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our Prayer
- That Jesus will come quickly to save those who wait in suffering, pain and despair, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our Prayer
- That we who worship here will know the goodness and kindness of the Lord at this table, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our Prayer
- That those who have died, especially N. and N., will find everlasting joy around God’s throne, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our Prayer
- As our new week begins, let’s look back to last week. Did we see events and situations in our world which invite prayer from us? If so, would anyone like to share a prayer……..?
- Let’s gather all our prayers spoken and shared and those that are deep within our hearts as we pray the great Prayer of the Church…….
- Our Father..
- Leader: Almighty and eternal God, you willed to renew and restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe. Help us to live the truth of his kingship by serving our sisters and brothers with our whole heart. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER BEFORE RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
We give thanks to God our Father. He has taken us out of the power of darkness; and has created for us a place in the kingdom of his beloved Son. He now gives us a share in the Feast of the Holy People, a people saved by the blood of the Cross, a people who are called into the Life of the Resurrection, in the new Heavens and the new earth. Ame
Blessing is taken from the Iona Abbey Sacramentary
- The Cross
- ALL WE SHALL TAKE IT.
- The bread……………
- ALL WE SHALL BREAK IT.
- The pain
- ALL WE SHALL BEAR IT.
- The joy………………
- ALL WE SHALL SHARE IT.
- The Gospel……………
- ALL WE SHALL LIVE IT.
- The love…………
- ALL WE SHALL GIVE IT.
- The light……………
- ALL WE SHALL CHERISH IT.
- The darkness…………….
- WE SHALL PERISH IT AMEN.
- THE MISSION ENTRUSTED TO US BY CHRIST OUR KING
- Go and tell my people that I love them,
- Go and show them that I love them, Go and gather them together as one family and bring them back to me.