Pew Sheet 24 November 2019
SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
The final Sunday of the church Year, the Feast of Christ the King, is the day when we are invited to commemorate Christ's sovereignty over all men, women and children. Jesus Christ has come. Jesus Christ is coming. Jesus Christ will come again. Jesus Christ is Lord of All.
No sooner than we have celebrated the last Sunday of the Year, the feast of Christ the King, we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, and begin the time of preparation for the great Feast of the Nativity of Our Saviour.
We are moving forward and toward His loving return. The Church, to use the beautiful imagery of the early Christian fathers, was born from the wounded side of the Saviour on the Cross at Calvary's hill.
We are now being recreated in and through Him. We have been espoused to Him forever. He is the bridegroom and we are the bride. He will return for us in the great culmination of all time and establish the eternal kingdom. Our Catholic liturgical year follows a rhythmic cycle which points us toward beginnings and ends. In doing so, it emphasizes important truths that can only be grasped through faith. This Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, is the last Sunday in the Church year.
Our Catholic faith and its Liturgical practices proclaim to a world hungry for meaning that Jesus Christ is the "Alpha", (the first letter of the Greek alphabet) and the "Omega" (the last letter), the beginning and the end. He is the Giver, the Governor and the fulfilment of all time. In Him the whole world is being made new and every end becomes a beginning, for those with the greatest treasure, living faith.