Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. On this Sunday, the Church commemorates the Solemnity of Christ the King. On this Feast, we look to Christ as King of Heaven and Earth. We proclaim and profess that Christ will come again in glory to reign as Supreme King. Christ is truly the king that we want to follow. We fall on our knees to worship and adore our king, Christ the Lord, who nourishes us with his most precious body and blood.
As many of you know, I have a great love for stained glass windows. Each of our three churches have beautiful stained glass windows, that depict our salvation history. My favorite stained glass window is at Holy Rosary Church, in the choir loft. It is a beautiful window of Christ the King, with a crown placed upon his head, and a specter in his hand. Dressed in his kingly robes and seated on his throne, Jesus is depicted as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In his Angelus address on this solemnity, Pope Francis speaks of the reign of Christ in this world. He said, “The kingdoms of this world at times are sustained by arrogance, rivalries and oppression; the reign
of Christ is a kingdom of justice, love and peace. For a Christian, speaking of power and strength means referring to the power of the Cross, and the strength of Jesus’ love: a love which remains steadfast and complete, even when faced with rejection, and it is shown as the fulfillment of a life expended in the total surrender of oneself for the benefit of humanity.” Let us continue to give praise, honor, glory and majesty to Christ our King!
Last week we had a beautiful Thanksgiving luncheon at St. Peter Claver. I take this opportunity to thank all those who were involved in making it such a beautiful and fraternal celebration. Over the last few months we have welcomed almost 60 new people to our parish community (I’ve actually been tracking!) I make it a point to reach out to new parishioners either by one on one contact or via email. We are a truly thriving and vibrant community here at St. Martin dePorres. I thank you for all of your support and your prayers as we continue to give witness to Christ the Lord.
Annual Catholic Appeal
This weekend we will have envelopes available for those who have not yet given a pledge to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. As I have mentioned, the ACA helps to support the ministerial work of the Diocese of Brooklyn along with the work of the parishes within the Diocese. I thank all of you for your continued generosity. If you should have more questions about the ACA please feel free to contact me.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox