Today is the Feast of Christ the King, the end of our liturgical year. For us as Americans the idea of a king ruling over us is not something to which we can relate. But if we look at the Gospel reading (Matthew 25: 31-46) we can see that what we are being called to is the building of God’s reign here on earth. We do this by feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, clothing the naked, etc. All over the world faithful Christians are doing such things – participating in the ministry of service. We create a more just, peaceful world when we work and speak out for justice.
This past weekend Sister Geri and I conducted a retreat for the catechists of St. Leo Parish in Murray, KY. Eighteen young men and women came together to nourish their spiritual lives as we end this liturgical year and prepare for the beginning of Advent. Every Sunday they give their time and talent in love and faithfulness to help young people learn what Christian discipleship is.
As you think about your own ministry of service reflect on how you nourish your spirit. As Advent approaches how will this season of “Christ’s comings” help you to be a more faithful disciple?
Georgia Acker, OP
Bowling Green, Kentucky