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 November 20th, 2011 A.D. Feast of Christ the King Mt 15/31-46

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November 20th, 2011 A.D. Feast of Christ the King Mt 15/31-46

“ The King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you”

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 They church year ends today just as it begins next week with apocalyptic scenes. Apocalypse became a literary form in the era between the two temples because for some reason prophecy ran dry. The people and their writers had been beaten too often in wars to think that they would ever have a powerful kingdom of their own again.

They would be dominated by Greece and Rome. So they turned to visions of new heavens and new earths, the recreation of the world and used images which harkened back to the original creation stories.

This Sunday’s apocalypse, perhaps the most dramatic of all, however, serves as a literary form to drive home the essence of Jesus’s message: there is no one that we can exclude from out loving care because he loves everyone and so must we. Tough stuff.

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 Once upon a time a new boy moved into the parish and entered the school as a seventh grader. He was a quiet, studious little kid who didn’t say much and seemed not to do much either. He did his homework and answered questions in class but never volunteered anything. The girls said he was stuck- up because that’s what they said about everyone they couldn’t figure out.

The boys said he was a sissy. When there were fights in the school yard he simply stepped out of the way. When everyone made fun of him he remained silent. The whole class agreed that he was a creep. When he went out for the basketball team they just laughed at him so he didn’t come back to practice.

Then when he went to high school, the coach made him captain of the freshmen team which went undefeated. He was still quiet and diffident. His grammar school classmates couldn’t figure it out.

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He was still quiet and diffident. His grammar school classmates couldn’t figure it out
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Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil;  for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;  you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;  and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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