St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California 91436
From the Desk of Father Mac
Sunday of Ordinary Time
Our hearts were shocked and saddened this past week as we witnessed the horrific mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. We pray for those who were killed and wounded and for all those who mourn them. We pray for an end to senseless gun violence and we pray that our culture of death may experience conversion!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus cautions us to stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour. It’s so easy to forget this. We go on living as if we think this earthly life will go on forever. Nothing is further from the truth. Our death could come upon us at any time and Jesus doesn’t want us to be caught off guard! The Church puts death front and center during this month of November which is an opportunity for us to reflect on the last things: death, judgment, heaven and hell.
is the temporary separation of man's mortal body and immortal soul
which comes to all people as a consequence of original sin. At the
end of the world, all will rise again to be judged by Christ. Thus
the whole person, body and soul, will be rewarded for the good or
evil that they have done, body and soul, in this life.
Image of artwork in header - Used
with permission (one-time use only) from: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI.