Gracious God, we give You thanks for Your overflowing generosity to us Thank You for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this Thanksgiving Feast today. Thank You for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work, and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering. We especially remember those who could not be with us today due to the Pandemic, may they know that we miss their presence and that they are in our tho9ughts and prayers. Please bring an end to this Pandemic and protect all of us from it. Open our hearts to Your love. We ask Your blessing through Christ Your Son and our Lord. Amen.
In the parable of the sheep and the goats, Christ the Shepherd-King clearly and unequivocally identifies himself with the poor. “Whatever you do for the least, you do for me.” We cherish those words of Jesus and we so want to help the hungry and the thirsty, the lost, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned. Perhaps what we find so difficult about realizing that teaching of Jesus is our inability to get beyond our own poverty, our own disappointments, our own unrealized dreams. We would like to help yet it always seems to be a bad time, with the economy in the COVID dumper, the struggle to make mortgage and tuition payments, the not-knowing how long I will have my job. Still, our “greatness” as disciples of Jesus lies in our ability to reach beyond ourselves to bring God’s love into the lives of everyone, in our seeing in every human face the face of Jesus. That is holiness; that is discipleship. Christ the King calls us to embrace His mindset: to realize that among the many blessing we have from God is the gift to be able to share those blessings with others. In seeing beyond our own poverty and struggles to recognize Christ in the poverty and struggles of others, we establish Christ’s kingdom of justice and compassion in our own time and place.
In Christ’s Peace, Fr. Dave