November 20, 2011
A Word from Fr. Hilary…

The feast of Christ the King brings the church’s year to a close and with it
comes a reminder that the cycle of our own lives here on earth will also reach
its completion.  The end of the liturgical year is review time and affords us the
opportunity to take stock of our behavior as members of God’s household.

The Gospel points out very forcibly that admission into
our eternal home depends on the effort we make to aid

and comfort the needy.  We will be assured of a place in
Christ’s kingdom only if we treat others as Christ treats
them. This challenging Gospel takes on exceptional

importance as it portrays a powerful image of judgment
and presents us with the stark choice of being for or against Christ.  There is
no in between. None of us can reflect upon it without seeing areas of our lives
where change and improvement are needed.

What the church is emphasizing is the importance of turning our lives and
hearts to Christ and trusting in His teaching, otherwise we run the danger of
being rejected. God is going to judge us on the works of mercy we perform
which is our response to human need.  One thing is for certain… there will be
no excuses accepted on the last day!  No one will be granted the luxury of the
sin of omission saying:  “I minded my own business and did nobody any harm.  
I passed by on the other side of the road.”  Christ will not be deceived by
appearances.  He will look at nothing but the human heart, so all pretense

and our real selves brought into light. In

be wiped away, all falseness exposed
a glance we will be recognized as His friends, or disowned as strangers.

As the world around us is put into our hands in trust and stewardship,
Christianity lays great stress on involvement in the community.  Jesus is still
walking the earth in the guise of our neighbor who is suffering and in
Our shortcoming as a people is that we fail to recognize this fact.  He has laid it
on the line that in the evening of life we shall be judged upon the love we have
shown and the small acts of mercy we have performed.  Christ becomes real to


the people around us only in so far as we reach out and show concern for their
welfare and commit ourselves to fostering their dignity.  Whatever good or evil
we do to others is done to Him
. Friends, Christ rules in our hearts and in the
world around us when we give our time, energy and love in performing
practical acts of charity.

Let us have thankful hearts,
Fr. Hilary