Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, which means that next week we are welcoming a new liturgical year as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent (time really goes so fast!). It is very fitting that the last Sunday celebration of the Liturgical Year is a celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Let us be reminded that our King is a king who rules in love and as His subjects, we have to follow His example and live our lives in love.

Jesus is a king, but He says his followers will not fight for Him with weapons of war – and He commands them not to. Jesus is a king, but He kneels before His followers and washes their feet. Jesus is a king, but He has no palace, no slaves, no fine horses, often no place to sleep at night. Jesus is a king, but He was born in a stable. Jesus is a king, but He died on a cross between two criminals. Jesus is a king but unlike the kings of this world, He does not force His people to obey and follow His path – they obey and follow Him because they live by truth and love just like how He lived in truth and love.

As we end the liturgical year, let us persevere in our attempts to live like Jesus lived – in truth and love. Only in doing that can we ever truly hope to be with Him forever. Let us together celebrate today, our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, by renewing our commitment to follow Him and be among those who belong to His Kingdom.

In Christ, Fr. Maro