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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe
The whole idea of Christ as king seems less acceptable in many nations and countries today. A lot of this rejection of the image of Christ the King comes because of the rejection of kingship and kingdoms in general. On the other hand, it is difficult to find a common word that describes the people who lead the various countries. We would smile, I think, if we had a Solemnity of Christ the Leader! Or a Solemnity of Christ the President!
What we are called to recognize in this solemnity is that whatever form leadership takes today, Jesus Christ is the ultimate of leadership and all true leadership must be based on Him in some way. We Christians are not advocating a return to kingship as the normal form of leadership.
The readings today immediately show us what true leadership is about. The true leader is the one who consistently seeks out those in his care and tries to do what will really help them. The Prophet Isaiah compares the people to a flock of sheep. Sheep are notoriously stupid and can also be very stubborn. We are kind of like that in our lives. Yet the Lord comes looking for us and never wants to lose us. A true leader looks after all of his flock.
The second reading, from the First Letter to the Corinthians, speaks clearly about the kingdom that the early Christians were expecting. It is clearly not a kingdom based here on earth but based on the life to come. True, the kingdoms of this earth, the countries of this earth, the leadership of this earth, must eventually all come to Jesus and acknowledge Him. How that will happen, we have no idea. It must happen all the time, not just at the end of the world. Anything that pulls our societies away from the Lord truly destroys our humanity.
The Gospel tells us what the earthly kingdom is supposed to be life and how we are supposed to live in this earthly life. It is always so very simply and yet it seems always to evade us: love one another by serving one another: when we see another person hungry and feed him; when we see someone thirsty and give them drink; when we see a stranger and welcome him; or someone naked and clothe them; when we see someone ill or in prison, and visit them. It is all so easy. Yet we don't live that way consistently.
May Christ be our king today and lead us to live as He lived and to love all peoples as He loves them.
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You are invited to join us at 10:00 on any Sunday morning to attend Mass at our church. No matter your background, ethnicity, or denomination, we don't look at that. Just people with good will looking for some place to fill out their souls. If you need comfort, a place to pray, this is the place. We do not judge—it's not up to us to judge. All are welcome.
The Mass liturgy is celebrated in English and booklets are available for you to follow the service in comfort. Please come and worship along side the friendly people of St. Casimir’s.
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James Obara, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach, Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Lawrence Fox, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Mary Saleh, Yanna Lantz, Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Dan North, Lindsay Griffen, Louise Regan, Jean Bernier, Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Harrison McKinstry, James Strazzulla, Susan Runowicz- Smith, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, Justin Mothersele, Terry Massey, Eddie Soboleski, Helen Rogers, Andrew Winter, Kathy Ferrelli. Phillis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; and Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Peg Kostiuk, Mark Kourey, Chris Kourey, Father Tom Sheha, Mitchell Kopacz, Carol McNiff, Nancy Picanso, Dr. Steve Meleski, Kris Mothersele, Sue Scatton.
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