November 24, 2019: Reflection for the Feast of Christ the King

by Phyllis Chandler, Notre Dame Associate

“Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”

In our readings for Sunday, we see a number of references to giving thanks. The second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians encourages us to “give thanks to the Father.” The Responsorial Psalm also reminds us “to give thanks.”

During the coming week, we prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving. Although it is not a religious holiday, it always gives us a special opportunity to reflect on and express gratitude for all our blessings.

In the Sunday liturgy, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King as we end another church year and begin preparations for Advent and the coming of Christmas. Our readings focus on Jesus, King of the Universe. While we celebrate the kingship of Jesus, the gospel recounts the crucifixion and Our Lord’s promise to the “good” thief that he would be in Paradise with Jesus. As we recount our blessings, let us give thanks especially for the gift of salvation purchased for us through the death of Jesus.

During this coming week, pause each day and give thanks to God for at least one blessing you have received during the past year.