Pastor's Desk: The Feast of Christ the King

Posted 22nd November 2014 in Pastor's Desk

The Feast of Christ the King

kingToday is the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year and we gather to celebrate this great feast 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 figure heads. 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 for ever over their lives. In contrast to earthly Kings, Jesus’ Kingship is not seen in power and glory but in humble service of others. His “throne” is the Cross.

Fr. Gerry arrives next Sunday

I am delighted to say that Fr. Gerry Corcoran will be with us from next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. It has been a long two months on my own in the parish and quite a struggle too trying to cover the bases. It is impossible to do of course on your own but I was given great support by the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), the Parish Team, Ministers of the Word & Eucharist and by many parishioners. My sincere thanks & appreciation to all for all your help & support.

Fr. Eoin

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