Sunday, November 24, 2013

Feast of Christ the King, Closing of Year of Faith and Birthday of Br. Oscar Fernandez

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Christ the King. He is really the king of our Lives. He gives us what the wordly kings and powers cannot give. So Let us offer him our hearts, minds and entire lives so that He may us for His kingdom.On Good Friday, the power of Christ’s death and resurrection shines out in the flow of blood and water. Today it shines out in the last human exchange of Jesus’ life. And as we leave this liturgical year, we might leave wondering, does it, can it shine out from us? How can I enter into the kingship Christ gives me? And the Gospel gives the answer. There is nothing so regal, there is nothing that so gives us back our humanity, there is nothing that so lifts the darkness, there is nothing that so brings paradise into our hearts and the world to Christ as forgiving, forgiving the very people we’d love to have crouching under our feet, forgiving (at least being ready to forgive) our enemies, loving the unlovely. For there, par excellence, Christ is King.

The Apostolic Letter, written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, entitled Porta Fidei, announced the Year of Faith, which is Latin for "Door of Faith".  The pope wrote, "The 'door of faith' is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church.  It is possible to cross that threshold when the Word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace.  To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime." The Year of Faith has been a moment of grace.  The year has offered a lot of opportunities to priests and laity to respond to God's grace and made the most of it through prayer, worship, study, and living our relationship with Jesus Christ. Today it comes to an end but not the faith. We need to grow and manifest the fruits of our faith.

Today in Curia Br. Oscar fernandez celebrates his 40th birthday. The fraternity prayed and celebrated the Mass along with him. He is a vice secretary and also secretary for spanish language. A good friar and loving person. Always wears a smile. He is always available for any service in the community. We wish and pray for a long, happy, contended and good health. Happy Birthday dear Br. Oscar!
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