Pastor's Desk: Solemnity of Christ the King

Posted 23rd November 2013 in Pastor's Desk

Solemnity of Christ the King

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Welcome everyone. Today is the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year and we gather to celebrate this great Solemnity of Christ the King. The Church wants us to reflect upon what the whole of all creation is ultimately about. Our Faith tells us that Christ will return to establish the Kingdom of God and when that time comes, the world as we know it will be transformed. This is not something to be feared but rather something we long for because it means the complete fulfilment of God’s will. For us today the meaning of the feast day may be a little less clear than it was some centuries ago when there were many kingdoms in the world, each ruled by a monarch with total authority over the lives of the people who lived there. The people were called “Subjects” because they were subject to the will of their King. Today, such monarchs no longer exist as all Kings and Queens today are Heads of State in democracies and so are pretty much figureheads. For Catholics of a few centuries ago, the image of Christ the King would have been a very real and easy concept to understand; it would be the time when Christ would surpass even their own earthly King and reign forever over their lives. But Christ’s reign is based not from a throne but from the Cross. As we end the Church’s year this week we pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God.

Year of Faith

Year of FaithToday we also draw to a close the Year of Faith which began on 11 October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council. Over the course of that time we have had a number of initiatives to help promote the Faith. In particular I think of the beautiful Advent Prayer nights in All Saints Chapel and the very successful Novena of Grace with invited preachers last March, as well as many other events celebrated as a response to the Year of Faith. We will not have a major closing ceremony because as Pope Benedict said, “The Door of Faith is always open for us.” The challenge of living and growing in the Faith continues ever anew.

Philippines & Syria Collection

I want to thank all of our parishioners who contributed to the special collection for the Philippines and Syria last Sunday. The response was truly generous. The total collected and lodged was €6,516. Thank you one and all.

Fr. Eoin

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