It is easy to get caught up in the material world, especially when so much is available to us in America. This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and even though it is a time when we express gratitude for our Nation and our freedom, it is overshadowed by “Black Friday.” This is the day department stores focus entirely on the selling of merchandise with marketing techniques that cause disorder and confusion to all those who participate in it.
In 1925, the “Feast of Christ the King” was established by Pope Pius XI as an antidote to secularism. Secularism is a way of life that leaves God out of mans thinking and way of living. It portrays life as if God doesn't exist. The “Feast of Christ the King” reclaims Christ's royalty over families, societies, governments, and nations. IT was the hope that this feast would help people realize they are God's possessions and should not be focused on their own possessions. We were purchased by Christ through his suffering and death, therefore the focus of our lives needs to be directed towards Him and not the things of this world. What a wonderful introduction to the Season of Advent as we prepare for the coming of “Our New Born King.”
This Advent let us “focus” on the Christ Child and not all the paraphernalia that surrounds us. Do not seek out material good, rather seek out the Supreme Good: “Christ the King.” Recall his promise of establishing His Kingdom on Earth. Don't let Black Friday overshadow Christmas Friday, the birth of Our King, or Good Friday, the death of the Messiah, but instead allow the life and death and resurrection of our King to occupy your heart. Always be thankful and grateful. This will give you the joy that you so long for during the Advent Season. “Happy Feast Day.”
Father Tom Farrell
November 29, 2015
Watch, Wait...Jesus is Coming...
Sounds like Advent.
Blessings to you as we begin the Season of Advent. After the last of our Thanksgiving Day leftovers have been gobbled up, we turn our attention to a different thanksgiving, for the arrival of the Newborn King. But His birth is only part of the meaning of Advent. We remember how The First Coming of Jesus allows us to prepare for His Second Coming at the end of time. We are each called to challenge ourselves spiritually during the next four weeks as we wait in joyful hope for the Birth of the Savior. Hope gives us meaning to the dignity of every human life through countless generations.
We are able to prepare our hearts through various opportunities here at the parish. Going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation is always a good way to remove the build-up of sin. St. Pius is pleased to host International Irish Tenor, Mark Forest on Friday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. He will share his time and talent with us. There is no charge for the event, but a free will donation will be greatly appreciated. An Anointing Mass will be held Saturday, December 5th at 8:00 a.m., with our annual Senior Brunch to follow. December 8 is the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the Unites States of America, and a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Masses that day will be held at 7:00 a.m. the 8:40 a.m. School Mass, 4:30 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. The Nativity Play will take place on Wednesday, December 16th, at 6:00 p.m., accompanied by our Singng Angels Children's Choir.
This Advent, may our lives be more fully engaged and fully alive.