(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, November 20, 2016)
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
In the first reading, we see the origins of the Kingdom of David who was chosen by the northern tribes for his outstanding qualities of leadership and ability to unify the Israelites. He was the shepherd king, the caring and forgiving king, who prepared the way for the Messiah-King, Jesus, the Son of David and the Son of God. His Kingdom is a Kingdom of Peace and Love, a Kingdom of Justice, Truth and Mercy
The Gospel narrates in detail the horrible insults hurled at Jesus by His enemies as He hung helpless on the Cross. They came from the Romans who saw Him as a threat to imperial power. They came from Jewish religious leaders who feared that He would replace their authority. Their taunts and jeers have been repeated endlessly down the centuries by all who have refused Him the obedience of their minds and hearts.
The bishops of the United States were urged three years ago by Pope Francis through his Apostolic Nuncio to be true Shepherds in their dioceses, welcoming all to Christ's kingdom on earth through an attitude of encouragement, hope, and mercy.
As true disciples, all of us must do the same for our brothers and sisters who so long for a world at peace.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor