The Weekend of November 23-24
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Paul and Deacon Travis join us as we celebrate the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
In the Readings
First Reading 2 Samuel 5:1-3
In those days, all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and said to him, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, even when Saul was still our king, you led the people of Israel in battle, and the Lord promised you that you would lead his people and be their ruler.” So all the leaders of Israel came to King David at Hebron. He made a sacred alliance with them, they anointed him, and he became king of Israel.
Second Reading Colossians 1:12-20
Brothers and sisters: Let us give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light. He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son, by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven.
Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body’s life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things. For it was by God’s own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God. Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son’s blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.
Gospel Luke 23:35-43
The Jewish leaders made fun of Jesus saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!” The soldiers also made fun of him: they came up to him and offered him cheap wine, and said, “Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews!” Above him were written these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”
One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!” Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”
Celebration of Remembrance
We will conclude our month-long Celebration of Remembrance this weekend. There will be a special ceremony after the Petitions where Father Paul will incense the Book of Remembrance. The Book will be put away for the year after the 11:00 Mass
If you have a loved one we honored this year in the Celebration of Remembrance, you can take their candle home with you this weekend after Mass. Please leave the strip of cloth on the window sill. Thank you!
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
If you would like to learn more about the Feast Day we’re celebrating this weekend, check out the latest “A Moment to Ponder” blog post. Here we shared some info about this weekend from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
After the 5:00 Mass, we will welcome another new member into God’s family through Baptism!
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall before the First Reading.
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