For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
November 23, 2014, Christ the King
"Come ... inherit the kingdom prepard for you. For I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink ... naked and you clothed me." (Matthew 25:34-35)
Ez. 34, 11-12, 15-17
1Cor 15, 20-26, 28
Gospel Matthew. 25, 31-46 Readings Here
REFLECTION: Jesus’ kingdom means poverty of spirit and sharing of goods; it means activity on behalf of others; it means giving up power in order to serve the needy; it means living a life of involvement rather than separateness. According to one biblical scholar, Father John McKenzie, the characteristics of an Old Testament king are:
- is a charismatic leader of his people
- is chosen by God to rule
- is guided by the Spirit
- blesses his people
- is available to his people
- offers sacrifice for his people
PRAYER: God, our Father, we know that each of us has to be touched by your life if we are to build up your kingdom of love on earth, and so we pray: Our Father….
Monday: This week we celebrate the great Feast of Christ the King and Thanksgiving. Take a basket and ask your family to fill it with notes about blessings your family is thankful for.
Pray the Rosary using the Mysteries of Light Video Here and reflect on the Lord’s kingship.
Wednesday: The eve of Thanksgiving prepare the Thanksgiving Table Grace that your family will pray. A suggestion, have each family member mention one person for whom they are thankful.
Thursday: Place your basket of notes as a centerpiece on your table and decorate the basket.
Friday: Today is a transition time from Thanksgiving to anticipation of Advent and the Christmas feast. In the evening prepare your family Advent wreath.
Saturday: In preparation for Advent, take some quiet prayer time to reflect on what it is you really need and long for from the Lord.
PRAYER: Lord, you are the light of our lives. Be with us always. And may the light of Thanksgiving burn warmly in our hearts. Amen.
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