Weekly Dispatch, November 18th, 2020
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A Message from Fr. Bryan

Dear Friends in Christ,

For those of us in education, both students and teachers, this semester has flown by, and this is a good thing! It is hard to believe that this Sunday is "Christ the King," and the following Sunday marks the beginning of Advent and a new Christian year. I suspect this will be a Holiday Season somewhat different than we are accustomed to.

Let's pray that the months ahead fly by as quickly as these last few months have and that we can get back to a much more normal routine. Even as we look forward to the end of this particular season of political turmoil and global pandemic, we should still take time to reflect on the very clear meaning of the church's seasons and celebrations. For example, we do not want to overlook the fact that Jesus Christ is truly King and Lord over all that exists. Even in these turbulent times, we can take comfort and be grateful knowing that Jesus "rules the deep torrents," which can seem to us like chaos and confusion (Augustine, Confessions Book IX).

As St. Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28, "we know that for those who love God all things work together for good," so let's be sure to keep our hearts and minds attuned to Jesus Christ our Lord and King. He is always for us and always working among us. This is something to celebrate, indeed! Our lectionary readings for Christ the King Sunday this year take us through passages from Ezekiel, Psalm 95, 1 Corinthians, and one of the most difficult of Jesus's teachings, which is found in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats from Matthew 25:31-46. If you'd like to learn more about the meaning of this parable and consider what it might mean in relation to Jesus' Kingship, you might be interested in this commentary from Roman Catholic theologian, Brant Pitre.

    I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday.

    Grace & Peace,

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