- The homily from last Sunday is in the library ->
- The Scriptures for this coming Sunday are at usccb.org ->
- I will be presiding and preaching at the 11:00 and 12:30 Masses on Sunday, Nov. 21
That Christ might be pre-eminent..
I like that word "pre-eminent" and I looked it up. It means to "rise above". That Christ might rise above all things in the priority of our lives! I got it. This week we celebrate Christ the King. There is something odd about putting those two concepts together in one phrase...Christ and Kingship.
I'm sure you saw that Prince William is engaged to Katherine. The press asked her how she felt about become "royalty" by this marriage, how was she going to handle it. She smiled and looked adoringly at the Prince and said, "he's a good teacher and will help me learn the ways of reigning."
Would that we would have such humble and open relationship to Christ our King. Jesus will teach us, his bride the Church, to reign as he reigns - but it's from the cross.
This crucified King reign and is pre-eminent in as much as we can allow his self-sacrificing love totake over our lves. Can we learn from him? Can we be worthy subjects of his? Do we desire to she in his kingship like dear Kathleen is longing to share in William's?
I don't know. Christ the King is not a king of power, wealth and prestige. Christ the King reign by self-sacrifice and love - even unto death. Wow, don't know if we're up to that!
Jesus is the good teacher who will teach those who are willing how to reign in this world by the power of the next.
Christ is unexpected "reign" not power to rule over others but freedom to give self away in love of others.