23 November 2014

"Crown Him with Many Crowns"

As our Sunday celebration continues, I offer this version of the Maranatha Singers presenting a "Crown Him with Many Crowns" medley:


The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The assigned readings are Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; and Matthew 25:31-46. The Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 23 (Psalm 23:1-6).

For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:

YouTube: Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 128 Blessed are those who Fear the LORD) 33rd Sunday

The Gospel reading is as follows:

Jesus said to his disciples:"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’

"And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.

"'Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,and not minister to your needs? 'He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you,what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me. And these will go off to eternal punishment,but the righteous to eternal life."

Reflections on these readings:

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Christ the King (November 23, 2014)

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Salesian Sunday Reflection: Christ the King (November 23, 2014 )

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King (22 NOV 14)

The Deacon's Bench: Homily for November 23, 2014: Solemnity of Christ the King (22 NOV 14)

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio: Feast of Christ the King: Last Judgment & Sins of Omission

The Sacred Page: Solemnity of Christ the King: The Readings (18 NOV 14)

Word on Fire: He Reigns! The Solemnity of Christ the King (Solemnities * Christ the King)

Dr. Scott Hahn: When the End Comes (November 23, 2014 – Feast of Christ the King)

Ignatius Insight Scoop: Jesus Christ, the divine and heavenly Logos, the only King of all creation (22 NOV 14)

Spirituality of the Readings: Make Your Choice (The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe)

The Word Embodied: The Gospel Realm (The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe)

Historical Cultural Context: Honor and Hospitality (The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe)

Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by Hippolytus (The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe)

Word to Life Radio Broadcast: Word to Life Radio Broadcast: Feast of Christ the King (21 NOV 14)

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the many ways You encourage our participation in our communities.

Emily Stimpson on Fighting Apathy in Our World

"In 1831, after touring the fledgling United States, the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville observed that 'Americans of all ages, all stations in life, and all types of dispositions are forever forming associations.'

"'The people reign over the American political world as God rules over the universe,' he concluded, contending that the passionate involvement of the country's citizens was key to its success.

"Unfortunately, that means if Tocqueville was right, America has a problem.

"More than 175 years after Tocqueville penned “Democracy in America,” American apathy is rising and civic involvement falling."

In a recent commentary, writer Emily Stimpson reflected on the decline in civic involvement and electoral participation among the people of the United States and its relation ship to the sin of sloth. She also reflected on evangelization and connecting awareness to action as methods to reverse this trend.

To access Ms. Stimpson's complete essay., please visit:

OSV Newsweekly: Our brother’s keeper: Fighting apathy in our world (19 NOV 14)

Reflection Starter from Pope Francis

"There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God." - Pope Francis

22 November 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for Your many invitations to come and spend time with You.

Fr. Eugene Hemrick on the Best Christmas Deal

"Stores began selling Christmas items long before Thanksgiving, and even Black Friday has been pushed up to attract bargain seekers. Each year, the messages and peddling of items seem to come earlier and earlier.

"Sometimes it feels as if it's all too much: too much shopping, too much noise, too much running around during a season that's supposed to bring us peace.

"Is there a way to avoid or to attack that hectic, stampeding effect that the business sector pushes on us during the Christmas season? Sure there is. But how? There is one way an author found effective."

In a recent commentary, Father Eugene Hemrick reflected on the importance of spending time with the Lord during the upcoming busy season (and beyond).

To access Fr. Hemlick's complete post, please visit:

Boston Pilot: Father Eugene Hemrick: The best Christmas deal is free (21 NOV 14)

Reflection Starter from Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson