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Christ The King Of Love


A young servant of God, waiting and listening for His Call

In November, 1943, on the Feast of Christ the King, I was kneeling in the Main Chapel of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the High Altar, as was the custom on this great Feast Day.

I was in the process of making a serious decision for the future. For several years I had been reading the Maryknoll Mission magazine, then called “The Field Afar”, about the work of its missionaries in China. All American priests, these men were bringing the Light of the Gospel to the Far East to roll back the darkness of paganism.

With Ordination to the Priesthood just a few months away in May, 1944, I was planning to enter the Maryknoll Society and spread the Kingdom of Christ in China. However, to jump quickly ahead, because of local conditions beyond my control, I had to give up this dream of being a Missionary in China.

The memory of this decision of many years ago still lingers to give me much consolation. I was willing to leave family and Country to bring the Kingdom of Christ to the Chinese people.

A speaker on the radio gave me a deeper understanding of this Kingdom when he described it in this way: “Wherever Jesus is honored, loved and cherished, there is the Kingdom of God.” The Kingdom can be in our hearts, our home and in our Community.

On this Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, as we say, “Thy Kingdom Come” in the Lord’s Prayer, think of the astonishing possibilities of Its holiness, peace, and justice being present in our own very hearts and lives.

When we love, honor and cherish Jesus of Nazareth, then we bring His Kingdom into our everyday living. From this realization will proceed a strong desire to spread His Kingdom in the hearts of other people by our example and our sharing of the ideals of the Kingdom.

Like my dream of being a missionary in China, sometimes God’s Will takes us in a different direction. Had I not listened to His Voice and His Calling, I would not have been a teacher, a parish priest; I would not have heard His Calling for a Chapel in Midway Airport; I may not have been open to continue His Calling through this humble Blog.

Encourage others to accept Jesus as their King – and listen to His Calling.

Fr. George McKenna

November 25, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Hi FR George! I just finished the Christ the King Novena this morning. What a wonderful way to end it, with your meaningful blog post today about your experiences. Yes, we are so blessed to have you here in our lives! I’m so thankful I met you at the Midway Airport chapel 9 years ago! You’ve been a tremendous influence on my life, dear friend. I love you!
    Love,
    Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | November 25, 2017 | Reply

  2. Fr. George, you have brought Him, The King of the Universe, into our hearts every moment of your priesthood…through the celebration of the Sacraments, your writings, spiritual direction & every pilgrim step…you have taught us…to share His Love with everyone we meet along life’s journey❣God Bless you💒
    Love & Gratitude, marianne

    Comment by Mcs | November 25, 2017 | Reply

  3. I am so great full that you came into my life back in 1988, which I do believe to this day was God’s plan.
    A belated Happy Thanksgiving .
    Matt

    Comment by Matt Marich | November 25, 2017 | Reply

  4. God bless you, Father McKenna! You are an inspiration to us all!

    Comment by Regina Ready | November 26, 2017 | Reply


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