Vol: 44, No.59 34TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) November 26 2017  
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…
The Lord sits as King for ever. The Lord will bless his people with peace. (Ps 28:10-11)
Having received the food of immortality, we ask, O Lord, that, glorying in obedience to the commands of Christ, the King of the universe, we may live with him eternally in his heavenly Kingdom. Who lives and reigns...
John Paul II once said that Mother Teresa should be the face the Church should present to the world. She built her life around the Gospel, two passages in particular: (1) Jesus’ words from the Cross, “I Thirst.” She interpreted this as meaning not that Jesus thirsted for water but for us and our love, and she determined to live her life in such a way that Jesus’ thirst would be quenched. (2) Today’s gospel, Jesus’ dramatic portrait of the Last Judgement, the sheep on one side, the goats on the other, the former destined for heaven, the latter for hell, all based on how they treated others, which, Jesus said, amounts to how they treated him. Mother Teresa liked to say that when we stand before the Just Judge, he will take us by the hand and count out on our five fingers, “You-Did-It-To-Me.”
Today’s Gospel puts us on the right track to understand in clear terms what Jesus teaches us about his kingdom and kingship. His kingship and kingdom are not oriented to a title and authority but persons and service. We are told categorically that the one who fails to see the other in need and help him or her is going to end up on the left side of the king and that will be eternal death for him or her. Today the world is up in arms to protect and safeguard God and religion. However, we do not see a matching effort to go to the other who is in need, to bring consolation and comfort to the suffering, to share the love and care with those who have nobody to love them and care for. There is more selfishness, pride,
destruction in the world than love, understanding and generosity. In the name of God and religion so many innocent persons are massacred and places of worship bombed. People engage in fierce battles to safeguard God! These people do not realize that working for the relief of the deprived, the oppressed and the outcast we are serving Christ in person, because he fully identifies himself with all those in need, right up to his final moment in this life. The disciple of Christ the King cannot afford the luxury of comfortably “keeping myself to myself” or “Well anyway, I do nobody any harm.” To be deaf to the cries of our neighbours in need is to be deaf to Christ. To be blind to the anguish of the dying is to be blind to Christ. To take Jesus Christ as our Shepherd-king involves that we should in turn become shepherds who are ready to leave our own comfort zones to rescue those who are in situations of alienation, to share our bread with those who are hungry, to help others to rest and bring healing and sense of purpose.
The citizens of the kingdom of God are committed to establish the kingdom-values and justice. Jesus commissioned us to live a life according to his commandment of love. `We are called to love God with all our heart, mind and strength and when we do that we enter into a personal and life-changing relationship with him and it helps us to understand his commandments.
– Fr (Dr) Joseph Thenasseril SSP
November/December 2017 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 2
27 Mon (G) Dan 1:1-6, 8-20/ Dan 3:52-56/ Lk 21:1-4
28 Tue (G) Dan 2:31-45/ Dan 3:57-61/ Lk 21:5-11
29 Wed (G) Dan 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/ Dan 3:62-67/ Lk 21:12-19
30 Thu (R) ST ANDREW, Ap, Feast Rom 10:9-18/ Ps 19:8-11/ Mt 4:18-22
01 Fri (G) Dan 7:2-14/ Dan 3:75-81/ Lk 21:29-33
02 Sat (G) Dan 7:15-27/ Dan 3:82-87/ Lk 21:34-36
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