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Solemnity of Christ the King
Thirty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
November 26th, 2017


My Dear Friends in Christ,

Happy New Year! That's a greeting we often exchange in the final days of December as we approach the end of the calendar year, but for Catholics, we celebrate the end of another year a month earlier: the end of the Church year. On this final Sunday of the Church calendar, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, more commonly known as the Feast of Christ the King. Today’s Solemnity always takes place on the last Sunday in Ordinary Time before the new liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent.

Today’s feast acts as a turning point as we begin to focus on the upcoming season of Advent, when we wait in joyful hope for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The royal purple used during Advent reminds us of our faith in Christ the King. During Advent, we prepare to open our hearts to accept Christ our king more fully into our lives. In Advent, we prepare for the two comings of Christ – as a baby in Bethlehem, and his return as a king in glory. Today’s celebration of Jesus’ kingship prepares us for both comings of the Christ.

Jesus is a king like no other. The only crown our king ever wore was made of thorns and brambles. As we conclude the season of Ordinary Time and move into Advent, let each of us make an accounting of our stewardship before the coming of our king. Have we been loyal subjects? In our prayers and our daily living, do we treat Christ as a sovereign over us or as a servant who exists only to do our will? We pray with the coming of Advent that Jesus will lead us and guide us in the ways of service, helping us to show our love for God by how we love and serve one another, especially the least among us.

We celebrate the Feast of Christ the King and the season of Advent each year, but how many of us actually take this time to reflect on the year we have just lived? As we end this liturgical year and prepare for Advent, it would be worthwhile to review our past actions, whether good or bad, and ask the Lord for the grace and strength we need to become better in the year to come. Let us take the time at the end of this liturgical year to re-center our lives on Christ, to truly strive to be better Christians, as we begin a new cycle of readings and celebrations in the coming days. May the grace and peace of Christ our King, the love of God our Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit helps us and guide us towards His perfect light in the new liturgical year.
 

In Christ,
 

Pastor 

 

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15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
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Title: "St Cyril of Jerusalem" - Artist: Anthony Visco, Atelier for the Sacred Arts, Philadelphia, PA - Shrine’s website: guadalupeshrine.org


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