26th November Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Dear Friends,

  Today we come to celebrate the final day of another year’s liturgy – the feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. These were heady days of empire in 1925 when the feast was introduced especially among Europe’s catholic countries, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal etc and of course G.B. The way world leaders behaved and ordered the world then was very different, so why not the church also! It seemed a good idea at the time, but the regal presentation of Jesus of Nazareth suggests that those who chose to join the top table did not have much idea about today’s gospel.

 

Speaking to his disciples about judgement, Jesus made it clear that they would be judged by the standard of visible practical love as evidenced by their way of life especially to the poor and broken. So, he could not have been more blunt when he said, “Come …… you will inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world! For I was hungry and you gave me food… I was a stranger and you welcomed me….. I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me”.  In each person who is suffering, Jesus puts us in the position of saying that sick person, that poor person, that prisoner is me (Jesus himself). Notice there is no talk about religious observance or philosophy. We are all capable of making a response, either yes or no. Maybe the title of the day is not misplaced after all. Do we belong to empire or to Jesus?

 

  • Today we will have a bring and share lunch after 10.30 mass. All are welcome, although please be mindful of where your car is parked – move it if needs be please. It is the 60th year of mass being celebrated in Frimley. Thank you all for your support.
  • We welcome Naomi Farrell who will give a presentation about the work of PACT (The Prison Advice and Care Trust). The retiring collection will be for this cause.
  • The funeral liturgy for Liam Whelan will take place at St. Tarcisius’ church, Camberley on Friday December 1st at 12.30pm.
  • The Care mass will be at 3.00pm on Sunday next, 3rd December. For adults/children with physical/learning disabilities and their families and carers. Everybody welcome.
  • Please consider the sign up forms in the porch, maybe one of them is just what you could spare a little time at.

 

Finally, Molly confided in her friend that she always feels better after a good cry. “Oh”, said Tommy “I am sorry to hear you are so upset”. “It’s not that”, said Molly – “but it is much easier to get money from dad if I turn on the taps”.

 

God Bless you all,

Fr John


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