Today is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time in the liturgical year and is also the Feast of Christ the King when we acknowledge in a celebratory way that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior is also the King of the Universe and He will one day, on the Last Day, assume that kingship when the world and all its inhabitants will be judged and go to their reward. In this way, the feast is eschatological, pointing to the Second Coming of our Lord while at the same time it points to His first coming at Christmas and the beginning of the season of Advent. This feast gives us the opportunity to change our paradigm about how we see ‘time’. Our liturgical year doesn’t follow the Roman calendar year rather, it begins with the season of four Sundays leading up to the first major Feast of the liturgical year, the Birth of Jesus. The Church calendar is driven by those major events in the Christian faith as they happened in the life of Christ. As Catholics we would do well to recognize at this time of the year that our spiritual life has a greater importance as far as the time we invest in it than does our bodily life; after all, it’s not our bodies that make it through to the ‘other side’! Start thinking about ‘spiritual time’ rather than temporal time and mark it by the liturgical calendar. The Church preaches that ‘time’ is a precious commodity. St. Jose Maria Escriva expressed it well when he said: “Time is our treasure, the ‘money’ with which to buy eternity.” Thank you for your continued prayers and support. May you be greatly blessed in the Season of Advent preparing for the Coming of our Lord.
Pastor’s Points is a bi-weekly feature about faith, family, and life, from our pastor, Father James Flynn. It is published in our parish bulletins, as well.