On November 22nd and 23rd we will celebrate the end of our liturgical year and acknowledge Jesus Christ as our King. In his gift of self on the cross; in the victory of the cross and in his great sacrificial love for us, Jesus has invited to share in God’s own eternal life. Here are some things you can do to prepare your heart for our celebration.
- Arrange to come to Mass as a family or with a friend then go to brunch to celebrate (be sure to take a Scrip card for the restaurant!). Make your preparation a small spiritual gift to bring with you.
- The readings for next Sunday are exquisite. Take a few minutes this week to read them and pray about how they may relate to your life. Read Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17; St Paul to the Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28; and Matthew 25: 31-46.
- Dress of the feast—imagine you are invited to coronation or an inauguration. Imagine that Jesus invites you to a banquet, what would you wear? And parents, the little ones love to dress up!
- Listen to the readings and homily in a new way. Ask yourself: What is my take-away? Don’t be shy about sharing your take-away with another family member or friend.
- The psalm response for the Feast is: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want…” As you are walking or driving to church, say to yourself, “God is so good to me, there is nothing I shall need.”
Come to church a few minutes early and greet someone you don’t know. Give a little extra time and stay around after Mass for hospitality and fellowship.