Together with the Universal Church, our par-ish proclaims that Jesus is the King of the Universe. We honor this feast with the name of our parish - Christ the King. This Name is our reality and not only a beautiful parish name. If we believe Jesus is King of the universe, but do not make him Lord of our lives, this would mean nothing. All of this is empty if we do not personally accept Jesus and if we do not accept his way of being King. The commitment of this celebra-tion is to ask ourselves how we can make Jesus our King and the King of our families and our community, and how we can make Jesus live and reign among us.
According to today's Gospel, the kingdom of God is a Kingdom of Mercy, and those who will enter in his glory are those who are merciful. The practice of mercy is the key to opening the gates for us to enter.
If we are merciful then we are working for the Kingdom of God and advancing to participate in his Glory. We want those words that Jesus said to the righteous to be said to us: "Amen, I say to you, what-ever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me." The gauge to be used to measure whether or not we will enter into his Kingdom is all the acts of mercy we perform during our lives. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, let us recognize Jesus in the poor, in the needy and in those who are suffering, and let us help and love Jesus in each one of them.
May the grace of God and his love and the protection of the Blessed Mother be with you and your family always.