As the liturgical year ends, it is natural to use Advent as a preparation time for figuring out what to do about 2015. Lots of food for thought are on the offering this week. Earlier this week at the installation mass of Archbishop Cupich in Chicago, he spoke of the need to do better outreach so as to share our enthusiasm of life with the Lord. “Jesus tells all of us today to go back to where our journey of faith began, [and] to be in touch with the joyful experience of being transformed by the intimacy God offers us” – to seek out others, invite them in and accompany them on the journey.
In this coming Sunday, the Solemnity of Christ the King’s Gospel reading focuses on how we have or have not been ministering to Christ seen in others – “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”
thus our carrying out of the corporal works of mercy indicate our membership in the Kingdom.
In today’s mass reading Jesus reminds us that we qualify to be His brother or sister in aligning with the will of the Father “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Today is also the anniversary of my Godson’s baptism. As a Godfather, my outreach to this little five year old is that of an unconditional commitment to ensure his steady walk with Christ. How I do that or how I fail to do that is reflective knowledge that I hope to use to be a better Christian in 2015.
I’ve been spending the past few days in Mainland China, in Shenzhen, an atheist mecca – not because people deny God, but people simply don’t know him. In China, where the largest ecommerce company can just simply invent holidays to increase their bottom line, we see ripe opportunities for outreach and for the population to discover a better end – again, my own experience and situation stimulate interior questions on where I have failed to seek, invite, and accompany.