Today we conclude our liturgical year by honoring Jesus Christ as King. I recently heard a man give a beautiful testimony to the kingship of Jesus. He was on a business trip in El Paso, far from his wife and two young children. He especially missed his three-year-old daughter, whom he adored.
That night he had a horrible dream. In it he was seated on a staircase, holding his dying daughter in his arms. He could do nothing for her and was sobbing bitterly. When he awoke, he immediately called his wife in California. She assured him everything was OK, the children were fine – and she reminded him that it was 2 in the morning.
Still agitated, he called his father who lived in another country. His dad was surprised to get a call in the middle of the night, but also happy to hear his son's voice. The man told his father about the terrible dream. His dad spoke some profound, powerful words, “Remember that everything you have, everything you cherish – even your daughter – is only yours on loan. Jesus has entrusted your family to you – and you must give him thanks every day for such beautiful gifts. And care for them in Jesus name.”
When he hung up the phone, that man knelt down by his hotel bed and made a prayer. “Jesus, protect my family. Help me to be a good husband and a good father. I am grateful for all you have given me. I acknowledge you as my Lord and King.”
From Archives (Homily for Christ the King, Year B):
Seapadre Homilies: Cycle A, Cycle B, Cycle C
Bulletin (Thanksgiving, Stewardship Results, Massachusetts Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriages)
Deal Hudson on the Mess in Massachusetts
Conference agenda items touch lives of every Catholic (by Archbishop Brunett)
Money does not heal
Saving Capitalism From Capitalists
You know, the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court didn't do what so many people said it did. It did not reverse the discrimination that prevented homosexuals from getting married.
Bulletin (St. Mary's Parish)
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