Good morning to all and thanks to some prodding by my daughter, I’m back to the blog.
Yesterday we celebrated in the Catholic Church the Feast of Chris the King or to be more formal – The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. As far as church traditions go, this one is rather new dating back not quite 100 years ago – 1925. It was done at a time in the world when the Catholic faithful seemed to putting more trust in their governments than they were in their faith and the Pope at that time – Pope Pius XI – decided it was time to start teaching the truth and celebrating the end of the Catholic calendar year with this Feast. I started the blog with the opening line from the Preface for the Eucharistic Prayer because I thought it was beautiful and to the point…
You anointed Jesus Christ, Your only Son,
with the oil of gladness,
as the eternal priest and universal king.
As priest He offered His life on the altar of the cross
and redeemed the human race by this one perfect sacrifice of peace.
As king He claims dominion over all creation,
that He may present to You, His almighty Father,
an eternal and universal kingdom:
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.
Both of our priests who celebrated Mass yesterday gave beautiful homilies in regards to Christ our King and service to Him, but Fr. Rothchild’s homily really hit home for me with his message to us. Fr. Rothchild spoke about the current political climate and how at one point in his life, he expected his government to do what God alone could do and was always dissapointed with our leaders in government. The point that really hit home with me was his discussion with the relationship that Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg had with each other. Two polar opposites on the political spectrum but two very dear friends who had a beautiful relationship with each other. He quoted Justice Scalia in regards to how that relationship could flourish under such great divides politically and Justice Scalia said that he could love a person without loving some of the idea’s that person believed in. That struck me and I’ve been thinking about that ever since. One can actually love a person and not support every idea or thought that that person has.
So I can love Hillary Clinton or Barrack Obama as a person even though I don’t support their political thoughts? Yes, I can and yes – I should. The same can be said about Donald Trump too. It reminds me of the old saying “Love the sinner; hate the sin.” So can this happen that one simple homily given at Mass on a Sunday morning change my “dire” attitude about all of this political mess I am stressed about right now. Yes, it can if I believe in the true power of Christ and His mission here on earth.
Christ taught us to love – completely, but I don’t know if I can say unconditionally. Christ loved everyone – saint and sinner alike. But when He confronted a person in sin, He left them with the phrase “I have forgiven you; go and sin no more.” So if Christ can forgive, so can I. If Christ can love, so can I.
So to start this week of Thanksgiving, I am going to wipe the slate clean of all the prejudices I’ve been carrying about people I think I know all about but probably know very little. I am going to profess my love for Country because I love the United States of America, but I will only bow and dedicate my life to the One who died on the Cross and that would be…
Jesus Christ My King and Savior of the Universe.
Do something great for our Lord today…make peace with someone on the other side of the political aisle from you. Give thanks to God for inspiring this beautiful Country we live in. God Bless America and may God Bless each of you.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.
But you man of God, chose righteous, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.