Next weekend concludes the liturgical year of the church with the feast of Christ the King. The readings describe how human history will end in judgment. St. Paul shares his glimpse of the end in our second reading: "Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all."
This weekend is a good time to reflect upon our life, individually and as a parish. How prepared am I to be handed over to the Father? In the past year, have I let God's grace strengthen my faith, hope and love? Is the joy of the Gospel more firmly rooted in my heart?
I will be speaking at all the masses next weekend to offer some reflections on how I've experienced our faith community at Transfiguration Parish. I believe it is helpful to step back and consider objectively as possible the goodness of our community, as well as the challenges that we face in the years to come. Please make an extra effort to attend next weekend.
The Church celebrates the end of all things in a spirit of hope, and a week later we begin a new spiritual journey with the first Sunday of Advent on November 30th. I urge all of you to attend our annual Taize prayer service that Sunday evening at 6:00pm. This evening service is the perfect antidote to the commercial noise that just gets louder at this time of year!