My Dear Friends,
Today Catholic Christians celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the Church Year. This year is called Cycle A, meaning that most of our Gospel readings have come from the Gospel of Matthew. We end the year with the good news that at the end of time, Jesus will be triumph and reign over all creation as “king.” Jesus reminds, us, however, that we are to be prepared for his judgment. Fortunately, he gives us a partial list of Christian commandments on which we shall be judged. They include: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting those in prison.
Some of the other Christian commandments include forgiving our enemies, praying for those who hurt us, giving to those who ask, sheltering the homeless, consoling the sorrowful, and burying the dead. In other words, Jesus will judge us on how we practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob