There are many churches around the world that contain priceless works of art. No doubt the European traveler has found many a church and cathedral that the names of the artists are seemingly long forgotten or unrecognizable but the subject matter is timeless. The “Last Judgment” of Michelangelo is an easy one to recognize but a challenging one to swallow! It begs the personal question of “Am I on the right or the left of Christ?” or “Am I among the damned or the saved?” The scene, however, only captures a moment. As the judgment scene in Saint Matthew (25:31-46) illustrates for us today, the separation of the sheep from the goats to the right or to the left, comes only after one has responded (one way or the other) to a life of joyful service. To inherit the Kingdom one must nourish, quench thirst, clothe, offer hospitality, forgive, and show mercy. It is in this way that we offer fitting homage to the King who comes to save us all.
Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
On Thursday we will celebrate a day of Thanksgiving. While not a “Holy Day of Obligation” it is the fitting place that we gather to begin our day. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30am in Church. I hope you can join us as we give thanks to God for the Blessings of the past and those that will come in the future!
The season of Advent begins next weekend. On the weekend of the 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6 and 7, I am hoping to start what may become a new parish tradition. In Saint John Bosco Hall (the old church!) we will host a display of Nativity scenes which to be called “A Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.” Through some generous donations from the parish community, the parish has been entrusted with several beautiful scenes which will be on display throughout that weekend. In addition, some members of the staff will add some of their personal nativities to the display, and, if you wish, you might allow some of the unique and beautiful scenes from your own family or culture to be included for the enjoyment and prayer of all. If you are interested in allowing your nativity to be displayed, please drop an email to Michele (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will provide details about set-up and take-down, etc. I do hope that as we all take a “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem” that it might deepen our experience and faith in the Mystery of the Lord’s Incarnation.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!