November 23, 2014 • Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Our first reading, from Ezekiel, shows the image of a shepherd, caring for his own who have been scattered and injured by others. Paul describes a kingly Christ, conquering every power and every obstacle between God and us, until finally even death is conquered. Jesus completes the images by joining the two into a parable of a shepherd-king who judges between “sheep” and “goats,” the criteria being how we treat one another.
YOU DID IT FOR THE LEAST ONES
How we care for each other is the measure of how we follow Christ. This image of the last judgment is unsettling, if only because we see ourselves being judged for our actions based on our vision of what was right. We know that at different times we belong in both categories, sheep and goats! We can remember doing good rings for others in the name of Christ, but we also know there have been times when we have turned away from others for a variety of reasons. If we had seen Christ in those people, would we have acted differently?
Our Shepherd-King gives us another chance. We can see ourselves as the sheep who have strayed. Christ seeks us out, brings us home, and helps us to find our direction again. He refreshes our memory of what is important, of what we need to attend to and what we need to do. We learn once again how to recognize the voice of our Shepherd and King, We are invited to open our hearts to our neighbors, because in so doing, we open our hearts to Christ.
Today’s Readings: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23:1-3, 5-6; 1 Cor 15: 20-26, 28; Mt 25: 31-46
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
ALPINE: 7:00 a.m.
MARATHON: 9:00 a.m.
FORT DAVIS: 9:00 a.m.
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have betowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.