“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” -St. Francis

Pastor’s Desk

FrAlbeen

OUR SHEPHERD KING: We have come to the end of the Year of Worship. The Church closes it with the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the title of KING OF THE UNIVERSE. We have kings in the world today. A crown today is no more than a hat that lets in the rain. Kings have lost their privileges as the stars which complete their time lose their splendor. How then are we still proclaiming Christ as our King? It is because the Kingship of Christ belongs to the majesty and power of a different world. Christ is not the king of clubs ruling with ruthless force and might but a King of love and service. The shepherded King’s love for us was so great that he came among us to experience for himself what it was to be truly human, including our death. Therefore, all those who want to enter Christ’s Kingdom and all those who want to promote his Kingdom on earth are called to imitate his own active service to the needy. To us, such a service may seem hard at first, but this is the only way we can succeed in seeing the full reign of Christ.

Our shepherd King calls us to help him to build up towards its fullness his Kingdom of justice, love and peace. Once upon a time there was a small story about a parish bulletin saying that there was a following indictment: “I was hungry, and you formed a humanitarian club and discussed my hunger, I was imprisoned, and you crept off quietly to your chapel and prayed for my release. I was naked and in your mind, you debated the morality of my appearances. I was sick, and you knelt and thanked God for your health. I was homeless, and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of God. I was lonely, and you left me alone to go and pray for me. You seem so holy, so close to God. But I’m still very hungry and lonely and cold.” So, if we want to honor Christ our King, we must do something to the least of his brothers and sisters.

Fr. Albeen.