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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

A Fatal Attraction

William Blake’s, Wise and Foolish Virgins
Via Wikipedia
Sunday’s Gospel is the parable of the 10 Virgins

Fifty eight years ago, in 1959, I made my first Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. I traveled with three priests friends, all who stayed active in the Priesthood their entire lives. For 49 years, I continued my pilgrimages – 27 times I visited the City that Jesus loved and cried over throughout my life. My last visit was in 2008.

Why did I return so often? Many asked me that question – family members concerned many times about my safety.   Call it the fatal attraction! Please don’t confuse this with the 1987 movie by the same name (I never saw it), but the expression, in my case, fits perfectly: Fatal Attraction.

The Person of Jesus of Nazareth has captured my heart as no created thing has! “Fatal” means deadly and leading to death. My attraction to Him is fatal, that is, bringing death to any desires I have for worldly things, such as accumulation of wealth, possessions, fame or pleasure. So, I traveled to Jerusalem because Jesus had a special love for this Holy City, a place where He preached often and where He eventually died. I always went to learn more about the God-Man.

By spending time praying in the many holy places, like the Garden of Gethsemane, the Way of the Cross, and the Place of the Crucifixion, I put fuel on the fire of my attraction to Christ. The words he preached in the Old City still seem to hang in the quiet of the sweet pure air. Jerusalem, the City of Peace, drew me to itself much as a magnet attracts metal. There I listened for His Words!

As in the lives of all humans, sorrows, disappointments and sicknesses have dotted my life; but always underneath these challenges, I experienced a wonderful happiness and peace. Why was this? I felt this ever present attraction to the Savior and His promise to be with me always!

How does all the above concern the reader? Sunday’s readings speak of wisdom, and at the end of the Gospel, Jesus encourages us, “stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” The season of Advent is only three weeks away. We will hear more of this message – to seek and be ready for the coming of Our Lord. Be confident that our friendship with the Prince of Peace can capture our hearts and sweep aside all worldly desires.   In prayer, we can find a delight in sharing with Our Friend our everyday life with its joys, its setbacks and its successes.

Half-hearted devotion to the Lord lacks enthusiasm. It is a joyless experience; one that can make a person put aside Jesus of Nazareth as easily as yesterday’s newspaper. Do everything we can to know, love and serve This Person of Christ.

Fr. George McKenna

November 11, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 4 Comments