Our Sunday Sacred Liturgy for the year 2018/2019 (cycle C) will come to an end, three Sundays from now, before we begin the new liturgical year 2019/2020. In the meantime, I invite all parishioners to fully participate and spend time throughout the week – reading and reflecting on the readings of the upcoming weekdays and weekends. God speaks to us in many ways, including through the daily and Sunday Scripture readings. We should fully engage in and reflect on the Word of God and fully participate in the Mass for the next three Sundays before the First Sunday of Advent, to mark the beginning of the liturgical year. It is our responsibility to connect the Word of God to our daily life in a meaningful way.
The Liturgy for the next three Sundays is meant to take us deeper into our spiritual lives, bringing us closer to God. We cannot just sit around doing nothing, without changing for the better. The end of the liturgical year and its readings, invite us to look deep within ourselves as to which way we are heading – towards God or away from Him? The Lord is coming again whether we are ready or not!
Below here is the synopsis of the Liturgy for the next three Sundays:
10 November 2019 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture calls us to be aware of the end of the world and of our death at the end of our life. The church encourages us to prepare ourselves for that moment. God never abandons his children, even when this life comes to the end, for he is the God of the living and not of the dead. This is to say, God will transform us to be the perfect reflection of his own glory. In this Eucharist, let us profess our faith in the resurrection.
17 November 2019 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
With the Solemnity of Christ the King, we conclude our Liturgical Year C. Created by pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, this feast reminds us that Jesus is the humble King of the universe and Savior of all. By his incarnation and sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus showed us all the depth of God’s love and his boundless mercy. He is our King and Leader who rules by truth and love. This Sunday’s liturgy sums up his liberating and leading mission. Let’s declare our loyalty to our King, Jesus by allowing him to take control of our lives and by serving others.
24 November 2019 – Christ the King
While listening to the eschatological discourse, as our liturgy relates on this Sunday, we ask ourselves, “which sentiments prevail in me: doubt, anguish or hope?” Surely, there will be a great elapse of time before Jesus’ final coming, yet we should not be alarmed. Jesus reassures us that God is present with us even in times of trouble. The “Day of the Lord” will be a day of darkness, fear and destruction for the wicked and evildoers. However, for the righteous, “there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.” Live well and all shall be well. Trusting in God’s mercy and protection, we pray that we may remain a people of hope and perseverance.
by Rev. Fr. George P.