For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
November 22, 2015, Feast of Christ the King
"I came into the world to testify to the truth. My kingdom is not of this world." (John 18)
Gospel of John 18:33b-37 Readings Here
REFLECTION: In ancient times a king was all-powerful. He was a military leader, supreme judge, the loftiest lawmaker. He was in touch with the gods, and was sometimes considered to be a god himself. The seasons rotated because the king was pleasing to the gods; natural disasters were avoided because the king appealed to the gods. Jesus told Pilate that his kingdom was not of this world. His kingdom is our lives and all we do.
PRAYER: God, our Father, we believe that you are king of all of us and of all the world and so we pray, Our Father (continue the prayer).
Monday: Pray the Joyful Mysteries Video Here of the Rosary tonight for peace in the family.
Tuesday: Do an act of charity as a sign of the love intended when God’s kingdom comes.
Wednesday: Enjoy as a family God’s presence and anticipate the celebration of his taking on our humanity.
Thursday: Do some special readings in preparation for the season of Advent.
Friday: At the table tonight have the family as part of the grace tell one thing they believe about God. Begin by saying, “I believe that God …”
Saturday: Resolve during this time of year to be especially conscious of the needy.
PRAYER: Lord God, you shower your blessings on us day after day. May we always remember those in need and share generously with them as you have done with us. Amen.
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