PARISH PRIEST’S REFLECTION
Daniel 12:1-3 | Hebrews 10:11-14, 18 | Mark 13:24-32
THEME: CHRIST OFFERED A SINGLE SACRIFICE FOR SINS AND HE IS SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD WAITING FOR THE DAY OF PRESENTING US TO GOD.
Next Sunday we shall celebrate the last Sunday in Ordinary Time on which we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ The King.
As we celebrate the end of the Liturgical Year we turn our eyes to Christ The King Who at the end of times will present us to God the Father. But that day or hour is known to the Father alone and it is not for us to speculate. Our task is to ensure that our names are written in the Book. What we do in and through the Liturgical Year ensures that our names are written in the Book.
The Liturgical Year takes us through these; our tasks that assist us to achieve this goal. In the Liturgical Year, we have the four (4) Sundays of Advent that prepare us for Christmas and we have five (5) Sundays of Lent that prepare us for Easter and followed by the seven (7) Sundays after Easter and the Sunday of Pentecost. We have thirty-four (34) Ordinary Sundays and all Week day celebrations. In all these celebrations we use the Biblical Readings to proclaim the Word of God that gives direction to our lives to make us grow into people of peace, love, courage, joy and hope.
St. Paul writing to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:2ff) “encourages us to be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient – the WORD must convince, reprimand, encourage, through all patience and teaching.”
What St. Paul told Timothy is still relevant today. “These are the times when people do not tolerate sound teaching, but follow their own desires and insatiable curiosity and accumulate teachers and stop listening to the truth and are diverted to emotional stories.” We must, however endure all hardships and perform the work of evangelizing.
This is what is done during the whole Liturgical Year and at the end of the year, we have some kind of evaluation of our lives. Our First Reading today makes us wonder whether we can face the Angel Michael at the end of time. The end is tough: it is a time of trouble, but if we have been FORMED by God’s Word our names shall be found written in the Book and Christ who offered a single sacrifice for sins will be waiting to welcome us before the Father:
“Then you will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And He will send out the angels, and gather His Elect (those whose names are written in the Book) from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of Heaven.” Jesus emphasizes that, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”
So the Liturgical Year takes us through the celebrations of the Word of God and the sacraments that liberate us from SIN. So our task is to participate actively and to allow the transformation of our lives from the tendency to sin, to Holiness.
The end of the Liturgical Years reminds us of the time of the final judgement when Christ, Who is seated at the Right Hand of God will present us to the Father.
LET US STRUGGLE TO HAVE OUR NAMES WRITTEN IN THE BOOK.
Msgr. Gerard Kalumba
Christ the King Parish, Kampala