Newsletter- 34th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners

This weekend we keep the great Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. We honour the Lord Jesus Christ today as King whose Kingdom is eternal in time, universal in scope, yet very personal in power. To speak of Christ as Universal King is, among many other things, to be reminded that while there is a kind of kingship that is built upon power and domination, true kingship, that of Christ, is not like that. Christ’s kingdom, His truth, His grace is always close at hand, in every church, every sacrament and particularly when we come together to share in the Eucharist around His altar. These are the access points into Christ’s Kingdom of Saving Truth, of Loving Mercy, of Unconditional Love and Lasting Life. 

This weekend is also the weekend of special prayer for Young People, National Youth Sunday. On National Youth Sunday let us pray for all our young people that they may grow in the knowledge of Christ as their Lord and Saviour and come to know day by day His loving presence in their lives. 

The great Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, marks too, the end of the Church’s liturgical year, next Sunday, the First Sunday in Advent, we begin our Advent journey together, a chance to renew our relationship with Christ and with one another, and to unite ourselves more deeply to Christ through the power of His transformative love. 

This weekend at Mass as we celebrate together the end of the Church’s liturgical Year and prepare to enter Advent once more, we have the wonderful opportunity to reflect upon our own embrace of Christ as King and our own relationship with him.  We might like to reflect upon the following two questions: Does Christ truly govern my life in every way?  Do I allow Him to have complete control over my life? 

Lord, You are the sovereign King of the Universe.  You are Lord of all.  Come reign in my life and make my soul Your holy dwelling place.  Lord, come transform our world and make it a place of true peace and justice.  May Your Kingdom come!  Jesus, I trust in You.

Please keep me in your prayers during this week ahead and be assured of my own for you and for your families.

Your parish priest and friend,

Father Jonathan


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