Seeds of Faith

Feast of Christ the King (Year B)

I suppose this as good a day as any to admit this: I am a secret royal watcher.   On July 29, 1981 at the age of eight, I excitedly arose early from bed to watch the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. Sixteen years later on September 6, 1997, I arose early from bed again, only this time to join 2.5 billion others in the world as we mourned the death of the beautiful young princess with whom the world had fallen in love.   Fourteen years after that, again I was up early, streaming on YouTube the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.

To the rest of us, The House of Windsor represents material wealth, the ultimate social positioning, palaces, horse-drawn carriages, ladies-in-waiting, butlers, not to mention global fame. During Prince William’s wedding to Catherine Middleton, I watched the entire 1,900 member congregation in Westminster Abbey sing God Save the Queen, while the Queen herself reModern Crown Clipart.pngmained tight-lipped, and I remember thinking, “How unfathomably odd it must be for her to be Queen.” Unfathomable to us, but I think this is part of the allure for those who cannot watch enough royal documentaries or read enough royal biographies.

In the way that he does, Jesus turns our earthly concept of royalty downside-out. Once a refugee, here we have a young man who traveled by foot (or donkey) to meet and socialize with folks on the lowest rungs of the social ladder. The sickest and most reviled, the poorest…all the people no one else would talk to.   He empowered and nurtured them spiritually not by proselytizing, but with a message of such astonishing good news that we are still talking about it two thousand years later. He surrounded himself with friends he just picked up along the way…normal folks who were inspired by him to do something great.  And when he was executed, it was not the death of a hero, but an excruciatingly painful death reserved for slaves or the worst class of criminals. It was a death that was shameful to his friends who could not imagine their God dying on a cross like a slave or criminal, and yet there he was without royal carriages or a state funeral.

When asked by Pilate if he was King of the Jews, Jesus responded by saying “My Kingdom does not belong to this world,” and of course Pilate was not on the same page as Jesus. All this time later I sometimes wonder how recognizable we would be to Jesus as followers of his way.

-Trevor Droesbeck
Office of Youth Faith Development
Archdiocese of Moncton

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What’s with the hand gesture we make before listening to the Gospel reading at Mass?  Check out this short video clip from Bishop Christopher Coyne.

What is God?

Huffington Post Religion recently asked readers to submit what God meant to them…in ONE WORD.  They received responses via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from a diverse group of religions and spiritual affiliations, including those who do not believe, and here is a word cloud of what they came up with…

God Word Cloud

What is the Liturgy of the Hours*?

Did you know…

The Liturgy of the Hours is the universal, public prayer of the Church.  Biblical readings lead the person who prays it ever deeper into the mystery of the life of Jesus Christ.  Throughout the world this gives the Triune God the opportunity at every hour of the day to transform gradually those who pray and also the world.  The Liturgy of the Hours is prayed not only by priests and religious.  Many Christians who take their faith seriously join their voices with the many thousands of praises and petitions that ascend to God from all over the world. (1174-1178, 1196)Divine Office

The seven “hours of prayer” are like a treasury of the Church’s prayers.  It also loosens our tongues when we have become speechless because of joy, sorrow, or fear.  Again and again one is astonished in reciting the Liturgy of the Hours:  an entire reading “coincidentally” applies precisely to my situation.  God hears us when we call, and answers us in these texts–often in a way that is so specific as to be almost disconcerting.  In any case God also allows us to have long periods of silence and dryness so that we can demonstrate our fidelity. (473, 492)

*SourceYOUCAT: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. (2010).

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What is the liturgical year (the Church year)*

Did you know…Liturgical Calendar

The liturgical year, or the Church year, superimposes the mysteries of the life of Christ–from his Incarnation to his second coming in glory–on the normal course of the year.  The liturgical year begins with Advent, the time of waiting for the Lord, and has its first high point in the Christmas season and its second, even greater climax in the celebration of the redemptive suffering, death, and Resurrection of Christ at Easter.  The Easter season ends with the feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the → CHURCH.  The liturgical year is repeatedly interrupted by feasts of Mary and the saints, in which the Church praises God’s grace, which has led humankind to salvation.

*SourceYOUCAT: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. (2010).

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