I would like tot thank Steve Paris for his presentation this Sunday on Christ the King parishioners’ response to the poor and homeless. We have ministered to over 20,000 people this year, of which 1700 are homeless. We give them food, furniture, medical assistance and much more. The average expenditure over the last few years is $ 200,000.00 per year. Steve thanked the community for their generosity. We give more than the sum of two highest contributing parishes in the county. I would like to everyone in our parish to support St. Vincent de Paul especially next week during the second collection.
Steven Colbert responded to some of the baseless suggestion by candidates running for president in the United States that Syrian refugees should have to “prove” they are Christian before they are allowed to enter the U.S. this week. He said, “If you want to know if somebody is Christian, just ask them to complete this sentence: Jesus said, ‘I was hungry, you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you...’” he said. “And if they don’t say ‘welcomed me in,’ they are either a terrorist, or they are running for president.”
Amid questions over whether European nations and our own nation will reevaluate the migrant policies in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris, Pope Francis offered a reminder over the weekend that refugees are more than statistics: they are children of God.
“Behind these statistics are people, each of them with a name, a face, a story, an inalienable dignity which is theirs as a child of God,” the Pope said Saturday. “As you persevere in this work of providing education for refugees, think of the Holy Family, Our Lady, Saint Joseph, and the Child Jesus, who fled to Egypt to escape violence and to find refuge among strangers,” he said.
I am not sure if you know this, but CTK community has been accompanying a Muslim migrant family from Afghanistan to integrate into the American society helping them financially, emotionally and facilitating the education of their children, working with parents prepping them for a job interview and so much more. That is wonderful.
The feast of Christ the King reminds us that Jesus is our King who hangs on the cross. He laid down his life for you and me. From that throne of mercy flows compassion, love, strength and prosperity, truth, justice, freedom. Let me give you the context of this feast.
This beautiful feast emerged from a period of great difficulty. It is not an ancient feast, only created in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.
Our work is to realize God’s Kingdom right in the midst of chaos and fear. I would like to conclude my reflections with a poem by one of my favorite authors – Rabindranath Tagore. Into that Heaven of Freedom my Father, Let my country awake. In the context of war, violence, the immense refugee crisis, acts of terrorism and the fear we bring as a people, this poem is a prayer to God to create such an ideal society for our motherland - a nation that is not ‘fragmented’ by prejudices based on caste, creed, color, religion or other baseless superstitions.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments,
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,
Where the mind is led forward by Thee,
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Fr. Paulson Mundanmani
8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:00pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 7:00 pm;
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)