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The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords

Statue of Jesus Christ in Świebodzin, Poland
Photo by Aw48 via Wikipedia

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) composed a piece of choral music, “The Messiah”, in 1741.  It has captured the hearts of all peoples with its splendorous sound and majesty.   At holiday times, believing followers of Christ gather in large numbers to give voice to this triumphant paean, praising the Lord Jesus as the Redeemer and Ruler of all creation. 

This tradition continues to this day.  From December 20th through December 23rd, you can treat yourself to this fabulous performance at the Chicago Symphony Center, as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, along with the Chicago Symphony Chorus as celebrated soloists join their talents to bring the birth, passion, death, and resurrection of Christ to life through the gift of music.  It will be a glorious celebration of joyful outpouring of love for the Messiah, the Redeemer.  I love kettledrums!! (If the reader subscribes to a music app, you could listen to this masterpiece in the privacy of your home or car!)

When I listen to the final chords of this masterpiece, my heart beats with excitement at the wonderful truth these words proclaim. “The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, forever, forever, Alleluia, Alleluia . . . He shall reign forever and ever, Alleluia!!”  This is the Jesus of all three readings that we listen to this weekend as we celebrate The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  

“His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away; his kingship shall not be destroyed.”( Dn 7:14)
“Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.” (Rv 1:5)
“So Pilate said to him, ‘Then you are a king?’  Jesus answered, ‘You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ ” (Jn 18:37e)

This weekend we celebrate Who He is and his command to listen to His Voice!  Next weekend is the First Sunday of Advent, and we begin to prepare for his coming as an infant!  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!!

          Fr. George McKenna

November 25, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , | 2 Comments

A Treasure To Admire

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth,
by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, via Wikipedia

You can compare the gift of life to a costly jewel, a diamond, a sapphire or an emerald.  On receiving a diamond engagement ring, a woman understandably delights in the experience.  She has received this shining gem as an expression of love from another!

Oftentimes in the days after, she holds up the diamond to the light; thrilling in the flashes of brilliance that shoot forth from its different facets.  The girl never grows tired of admiring her exquisite gift, and showing it to friends and family.  At the day’s end, the woman places her treasure in a box lined with satin.  She doesn’t throw the precious stone into a junk drawer filled with cheap knickknacks and forgotten items.

God has given each of us the gift of life, a jewel beyond all price, as an expression of His love.  A responsible person, aware of the beauty of this gift, will frequently hold up this present before his eyes to admire its shafts of brilliance.  Life holds out the promise of peace, personal fulfillment and true happiness.

Carefully, a grateful receiver of the gift of life will keep it in a secure place, away from trivial things of little value.  Such an owner makes certain that a lot of “junk things” will not deface his treasure, such as scrupulous friends, degrading books, and questionable entertainment.

Each day we can all marvel at the splendid possession God has passed on to us.  We will treasure its worth by daily holding it up before our eyes and admiring its possibilities for greatness and human fulfillment.  Thank You Lord, for the breath of life and the gift of today!

Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude to spend with friends and family!
A day to acknowledge our blessings from Our Lord!

A Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to All!

          Fr. George McKenn

November 17, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 6 Comments