By Dot Connealy, Notre Dame Associate
Your redemption is at hand….
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28; 34-36
“Stand erect and raise your head, because your redemption is at hand…”
Sometimes the words present such a clear picture to me that I am quite amazed. Listen to these words in your heart.
Stand erect: Don’t slouch, slink or slump.
Raise your heads: Stand proudly, stand with conviction and courage.
Your redemption is at hand: Your admittance is paid, your sins are forgiven,
you are a rescued people.
I like to think that I try my best to follow God’s word. I like to think that I will be courageous when I need to be. I like to think that I will always keep my eye “on the prize”. But, of course, I am human, with clay feet, I know that I am not always successful in these bids but then I read the words again:
Your redemption is at hand….stand erect, raise your head….all is well…..all is good….all is paid for….all will be OK. And I think:
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
by Ed McKibbin, Notre Dame Associate
The Feast of Christ the King gives us an opportunity to reflect upon what Christ’s kingship means for us. It is often easy to confuse a kingship for the things Pontius Pilate relates to a kingship: money; power; influence; authority; status, etc. Like Pilate, in our own lives how often do we allow political leaders, celebrities, sports heroes to be our kings? However, Jesus as our King, unlike other kings, testified to the truth. You might recall that this statement Jesus made to Pilate confused Pilate. Pilate wanted to know what this truth that Jesus referenced was? When we allow others besides Christ to serve as our king, we, too, become confused as to what is the truth. This truth that Christ referenced to Pilate is what sets us free as Christians. We are called to spread this truth.
Christ’s kingship was reflected in how he lived his life. As Christ told us, He came to serve and not be served. As St. John reminds us in the second reading, Jesus freed us from our sins by his blood and made us part of his kingdom. This is a kingdom, as the first reading tells us, that will never be destroyed. This provides us with great comfort knowing that our King died for us, out of his love for us, to save us so that we may live with him in his Kingdom forever. In so doing, we are called to do his work here on earth in an effort to spread the influence of his kingdom. To help everyone recognize that our King brings true joy and happiness to our lives here on earth and ultimately in his eternal kingdom where we can live with him for eternity.
by Rita Melgares, Notre Dame Associate
In this Sunday’s gospel (Mark 13: 24 – 32), Jesus speaks to us of the events which will signal the end of the world.
He does not say these things to frighten us, but rather to convince us of the need to be vigilant . . . to be prepared for the final judgment.
So then, let us not focus on the signs and the prophesy of the end of the world. Instead, let us lead a watchful life and be ready to welcome the ‘Son of Man’ . . . whenever he comes.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
Take comfort from these words and ask for the grace to lead a watchful life!
God will not abandon us. We have nothing to fear. God will be with us until the end of the world.
This we believe.
by Theresa Homan, Notre Dame Associate
A widow shared with Elijah her last handful of flour and bit of oil. -- All that she and her son had to live on. Another widow gave to the temple treasury two small coins. -- Her whole livelihood. Christ offered his life to take away our sins.
All three of the readings for this Sunday speak of extreme self-giving. How very appropriate on this day that we also remember our veterans. -- Those who have given their youth, their innocence, their limbs, their mental stability and, for some, their lives. Whether or not I believe that a war (or any war) is just, these women and men deserve tremendous respect and gratitude.
For what or to whom am I willing to give myself? There are so many situations and aspects of my life that I struggle with relinquishing to God. Giving all I have is hard, but with God all things are possible. Let us pray for that strength.
by Theresa Wiggs, Notre Dame Associate
As I read the scripture for this Sunday I am reminded of the beautiful simplicity of my faith. With all the worries and controversies in our politics and in the news, it is reassuring to hear the message from the Gospel. We are called to love the Lord with our whole heart and love our neighbor as ourselves. This message is simple, yet expansive. I am blessed because my faith guides me through any challenges life puts in my path.