Our Lady of the Mission
Nov 22nd 2020 - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
+ Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent +
Message from Fr Cyp
Greetings and Peace to you all!
Father Francis and I welcome you all; praying and hoping we are all kept well, safe and in good health by the grace of God. We congratulate all our young people who have made their Confirmation in our parish over the last three weekends. May the Holy Spirit find a home in them, their families and in indeed, in every member of our Whitford Catholic Parish Community. We consciously remain on the path to some new sense of normality while remaining committed to federal and state governments’ advice and policies as well as advice from the Archbishop’s office in regards to COVID 19 RoadMap. This commitment is now more crucial as WA strong border has been relaxed from 14th November to a controlled border, allowing travellers from the eastern states to enter Western Australia; with no need of any form of quarantine for some. Advent and Christmas seasons are fast approaching and so a busy time in our parish. Whilst things can change very fast (hopefully not), we are on course to celebrate our Christmas Masses as always including Christmas Eve outdoor Mass at 06.00pm on the Oval. Please stay tuned to our parish weekly newsletter when we provide you relevant details. We look forward to celebrating with you and all your loved ones. As always, Fr Francis and I assure you of our ongoing prayers. Please keep us in yours. We commend one and all of you to the powerful intercession of Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel.
Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP.
MASS TIMES 23rd November to 29th November 2020
All Masses will be held in the Church
Monday 23rd November - 7.00am & 9.00am
Tuesday 24th November - St Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions - 7.00am & 9.00am
Wednesday 25th November - 7.00am & 9.00am
Thursday 26th November - 7.00am & 9.00am
Friday 27th November - 7.00am & 9.00am
Saturday 28th November - 8.30am & 6.30pm
Sunday 29th November - First Sunday of Advent - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm
In today’s feast of Christ the King, we think about Jesus as the shepherd king whose flock includes all people throughout the world: this image reflects God’s love and care for every human being.
1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12. 15-17
The Lord is exasperated that those who were appointed to look after God’s people have used their position for their own advantage and neglected their responsibilities: the Lord will take care of the flock from now on.
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26
Paul looks forward to the coming of Christ in glory at the end of time.
Gospel: Matthew 35:31-46
The trial scene, set at the end of time, reveals God’s judgement on how we have responded to the needs of our fellow human beings.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Parish Notices - Sunday 2nd November
1.COVID 19 Protocols at Church: Under phase four of COVID 19 RoadMap here in WA, and given our large parish church size, we are able to operate at usual capacity with strict adherence to 2sqm rule until it is relaxed at the appropriate time. Our parish priests, staff, cleaners and volunteers are doing their very best to keep the space safe for us all. We are grateful to one and all of you for supporting us in this commitment of making OLM a safe and COVID 19-Free community.
2 2020 Confirmation: We congratulate all our young people who have made their confirmation in our parish over the last three weekends. We thank their families and teachers for supporting and preparing them.
3. Advent/ Christmas Reconciliation: Please mark in your diary Wednesday 9th of December at 7.00pm in the Church – we will have a number of priests come to assist Fr Cyprian & Fr Francis in celebrating this wonderful sacrament in our parish as we prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts.
4. Inviting Year Fives to WYFI: We invite all current year five students to our parish youth group experience on Friday, 27th November at 7pm in the parish centre. This is to prepare you for next year if you choose to join us when in year six. Please consider coming along. Thank you.
5. Eucharist Adoration: Due to Christmas preparations in church please note that Eucharistic Adoration will close for Christmas period on Friday 4th December and will resume Wednesday 13th January 2021. Thank you and may God bless you for sitting with Him in Eucharistic Adoration and may the peace of that first Christmas be with you always.
6. November Mass Offerings: In November the church encourages us to pray and offer Masses for all Holy Souls. We are all on a pilgrimage, journeying with all the faithful followers of Christ living, as well as departed; our prayers assist each other to focus in walking towards God so that we all may be united with our loving God one day in Heaven. November is the month dedicated for all Souls; therefore there will not be any private intentions mentioned in Mass. Mass offerings for all the departed can be written on the November envelopes. These envelopes will be collected and placed directly at the foot of the Altar. Throughout this November month, your priests are offering all their Masses for your family’s loved ones and intentions.
7. Book of Life: The book will be in its special place in the sanctuary during the month of November. You may add the names of those who have died during the past year. Please do not repeat names that have already been recorded in previous years.
8. The Record: Please help yourself to a FREE copy to the Record magazine on your way out; the official magazine for the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, WA.
9. Baby Jesus: We are seeking newborn babies for our Christmas Masses as follows: Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Also the 8am, 9.30am and 11am Masses on Christmas Day. Each baby will receive a special certificate as a memento. Kindly contact the office on 9307 2776 to provide details of your baby.
10. 2020 Christmas Eve Outdoor Mass Nativity Play: We are looking for children to be involved in the Nativity Play, which is a feature of the Parish Christmas Eve Mass on the Whitford school oval. Those children who feel they would like to a reading, and/or play the parts of Mary, Joseph, herald, innkeepers, shepherds and angels are invited to a practice on SATURDAY 19TH DECEMBER AT 10AM. We will meet on the oval side of the church. Characters will be chosen from those present at the practice. All children are welcome to join us. Enquiries: Leanne Fragomeni 0424 584 460
11. St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal: will hold its Parish Christmas appeal for the poor next weekend. There are still some families seeking a Christmas hamper sponsor. Details are on the shelf at the rear of the church. All hampers need to be returned to the parish centre by the weekend 5th & 6th December. Those unable to help local struggling families with a hamper, may wish to donate via our envelopes in the pews today. Donations can be put in the poor box or our retiring collection. Many thanks to our generous supporters. Please sign up, provide your contact details and take the numbered information sheet matching your selected family. Alternatively, you may wish to donate funds to our Christmas appeal on Sat 28th & Sun 29th November.
12. St Vincent de Paul Christmas Cards: From this weekend we have a limited number of Christmas cards for sale, $5 per packet. Please use the envelopes provided and put the money in the Poor Box. God Bless.
13. WYFI: 24:7 Whitfords Youth Group - For all youth in Years 6 to 12. 1st, 3rd & 5th Fridays @ Whitfords Parish Hall, 7pm. Call Amanda 0421144992 or Luke 041822932 for more information.
14. Religious Goods Stall: A reminder that your 2021 rosters are ready to pick up from the back of the Church.
15. 2020/21 RCIA Program: Would you like to become a Catholic or know more about our Catholic Faith? Please come join us on Thursdays at 7.30pm in the parish centre. Contact Mrs Ann Cunneen on 0410 616 517 for more information or you are welcome to just come join us.
16. Come Alive in Scripture Bible Study – Update: The group has successfully completed the study on Romans for 2020. We are pleased to announce our next study is planned for 2021 – “Wisdom” with a planned start date of 2nd & 3rd February 2021 (8 weeks), followed by a study on the Gospel of John. A reminder will be sent closer to the start date so you can secure your spot in the program. For more info contact Ramona: email@example.com
17. Advertising Vacancies: If you would like to advertise in our Christmas edition of our Just Faith magazine, please contact the office on 9307 2776. As well as promoting your business through our community, you will be helping to support this publication. Rates are very reasonable.
18. Plenary Council: Please note the change of plenary council key dates. Events will now be held in October 2021 in Adelaide and in July 2022 in Sydney. You may also like to have a read of the recently published discernment papers of the six National Themes https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/continuing-the-journey-of-discernment/
19. Visit to the sick in homes and hospitals: Fr Cyprian and Fr Francis are now able to visit our sick parishioners in homes and hospitals. If you know a family member or parishioner who may benefit from such visit, please let us know. Communion for the sick has resumed. We thank you all for your patience, understanding and support over these past difficult months.
20. Whitford Catholic Primary School: Whitford Catholic Primary School is a community that celebrates faith and achievement and promotes excellence in all we do. Please visit our website www.whitfordcatholicps.wa.edu.au, our Facebook page or call (08) 9404 4200 for more information. We are currently taking expressions of interest and interviews for enrolment across the 7 year groups.
21. Padbury Catholic Primary School: Padbury Catholic Primary School is a welcoming, inclusive and faith-filled community which caters for students from Pre-Kindy to Year 6 in a double-stream setting. We actively promote our school values of Respect, Excellence, Sacredness and Togetherness. Please visit our website www.padcath.wa.edu.au or call 9404 4000 to express your interest or request an interview (no interview required for Pre-Kindy.
Rosters - 29th November 2020
NEWSLETTER NOTICES DEADLINE: Wednesday at 12pm Noon.
RELIGIOUS GOODS STALL: Hyacinth Adie/ Pat Nerva/ Clare Alexander/ Colette Newbond/ Lynn Harrison.
READERS: Doug D’Jordan & nElizabeth Shibi/ Trish Smith & Anne Dale/ Emma Waters & Rachel Wanless/ Mirella Augustin & Silvana Battigelli/ Meka McCormack & Anne Couzens.
COUNTERS: Sunday 13th December: Loretta Lewis/ Vicky Ryan/ Catriona West/ Cara & Timothy Hermann.
CLEANERS: Saturday 5th December: Maria Mammone/ Darlene McKenzie/ Regaine Tokimatsu/ Raluca Gavriliu/ Cathy Maloney.
BAKERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
SERVERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
STATUE OF FATIMA: From 5th December to the 12th December the Statue of Fatima will be with Villaneuva family in Iluka. Those wishing to join them in saying the Rosary can call 0424 440 247 to arrange. From the 12th December the statue will be the Eagle family in Ocean Reef.
DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS: Is held on the first Friday of every month during 9.00am Mass. The next Devotion will be on Friday the 4th December.
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration is held on Wednesdays 9.30am–7pm and Fridays 9.30am–7pm.
PRAY FOR THE SICK: We pray for all those in our parish’s Book of the Sick. You are most welcome to add names to this book in the foyer of the Church. Please cross out when our prayers are no longer needed.
Death & Anniversary
All the Masses this week will be offered especially for all those names mentioned in the Book of Life and whose name lies beneath the Altar and all our departed loved ones Holy Souls, all those recently deceased and those who have their anniversary around this time.
When the Son of Man comes in Glory, may we be among those who have fed the hungry, welcomed the stranger, and clothed the naked. For Jesus tells us clearly that it is those who have demonstrated good stewardship by sharing their gifts with the less fortunate who will receive God’s blessings and inherit the kingdom.
1. Medjugorje Evening of Prayer: In thanksgiving for reported daily apparitions of Our Blessed Mother in Medjugorje, all parishioners are warmly invited to our monthly Medjugorje evening of prayer this coming Friday 27th Nov. 7.00pm at St. Bernadette's parish. 49 Jugan St. Glendalough. Evening consists of Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction and concludes with Holy Mass. Light refreshments to follow. Free dvd's, medals, rosaries, messages of Our Lady all given out free on the night. Our Spiritual Director Fr. Doug Harris will be pleased to bless any water, salt or oil you may bring along. For your information all Medjugorje evenings of prayer take place at 7.00pm. on the last Friday of every month at the above parish of St.Bernadette's. Enq. mob 0407 471 256 email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. St Marys Cathedral: Perth’s St. Mary’s Cathedral will be shining as bright as the Star of Bethlehem for a one night only performance of “Christmas with the Giovanni Consort”. Perth’s finest young singers will be presenting an evening of glorious Christmas music. This magical concert will be performed at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday December 11, commencing at 7.30pm. There is ample parking available at the City of Perth car park located next to the Westin Hotel. Due to stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited seating available and booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased at www.giovanniconsort.com.
3. Palms Australia – Reaching beyond 2020: People of all trades and professions are being requested by communities abroad seeking to build the capacity of their organisations and the skills of their people. Restrictions this year have made communities’ needs acute, but your assistance will help to develop self-reliance and sustainable solutions to poverty. Palms Australia will provide you with thorough preparation to ensure your readiness as travel resumes, and support on assignment. See www.palms.org.au and talk to Roger on 0431 995 058, or email email@example.com
4. St Simon Peter Parish Advent retreat – Quo Vadis?: on the 25th, 26th & 27th November 7.30pm – 9pm. Please come and join us over these three evenings reflecting on our spiritual journey.
5. The Catholic Guy - Advent 2020 with Bruce Downes: Sign up for a free daily email devotional that will guide you on a life-changing journey through Advent.
Starting November 29th you'll receive daily emails with short inspirational videos from Bruce Downes, full of real life stories and practical ways to become all that God has created you to be! Register now or for more information: https://brucedownes.org/registerforadvent Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Aid to the Church in Need Lebanon Update: Immediately following the Beirut explosion, ACN provided an initial emergency grant of $400,00 AUD for food. ACN has just announced a further commitment of $8 million for the repair and reconstruction of churches and convents. ACN thanks everyone who has already donated to their national appeal and welcomes any further support. Visit www.aidtochurch.org/Lebanon or call 1800 101 201.
7. ADVENT REFLECTION JOURNAL 2020 – CENTRE FOR LIFE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Advent is near! Now is the time to start planning your spiritual enrichment for the season. The limited-run A5 journal features daily Mass readings, practical prayer and devotional information, words from saints, spaces to write, & guided reflections. $12.50 each including GST. To order visit: https://clmfadventjournal2020.ecwid.com. Pick-up will is available at the Centre for Life, Marriage and Family office, Doubleview (Postage extra). For more info email: email@example.com.
8. Catholic Education Office: Advent Retreat Saturday 5th December 2020, 9.15am to 2.30pm. Please see notice at back of Church for more information.
Fr Cyprian's Weekly reflection: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - A
Today, the Church’s liturgy draws us to the celebration of Jesus Christ, the Universal King. As King, we know from His own words, His kingdom is not of this world but of heaven. Of this we read: “My kingdom does not belong to this world…my kingdom is not here” John 18:36-37. It is appropriate that as we come to the close of the Church’s liturgical year, we are drawn in appreciation to what and where Jesus came to call us to, to the Kingdom of His and our heavenly Father. You will in fact notice, today’s gospel text is the final of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospel of Saint Matthew before He goes off to be anointed at Bethany by a woman with costly perfumed oil. This was in preparation for His arrest, passion, death on the cross and glorious resurrection.
Today’s Gospel is best understood in light of the first reading from the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel speaks to a community that has been dispersed far and wide due to the works of the ‘enemy’ of God’s people. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God promises to intervene like a shepherd intervenes for his flock. This year, a great many in the world have been dispersed and separated due to the works of COVID 19. Many families and friends have not seen each other for so long, some have lost their livelihood and many have lost their daily routines. Many of our world leaders; both religious and civil are left helpless as they have run out of ideas and solutions to the enemy at hand, COVID 19. Many people are left to their own devices in finding out how to stay safe, well and sustain their families.
In these circumstances that we find ourselves in as a global family, Jesus speaks directly to us. Right here in this situation and gospel, He provides us an opportunity to make true our faith in Him. He has already said: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). What is doing the will of God? It is as stated in today’s gospel: feeding the hungry, quenching the thirsty, welcoming the strangers, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and providing justice for prisoners. When we do these works with charity, we do it for Jesus Himself as He is in these people and other less fortunate people in our lives. Unlike kings of the world who seat in thrones in some palaces giving orders and signing edicts of some sort for and against their people, Jesus is a King who is always with His people dirtying His hands for their sake. He invites us to be a part of that mission; in our families, communities and in our Church at large with no boundaries whatsoever. In the poor, sick, hungry, lonely, prisoners, naked, thirsty, widow and orphan, Jesus is with us, calling on us to serve Him and so build the Kingdom of His heavenly Father.
Social teaching of the Church has its basis in today’s gospel reading. Through Church run schools, orphanages, foodbanks, hospitals and relief agencies like those supported by annual LifeLink Appeal here in in our Archdiocese of Perth, we bring Jesus to His people and we encounter Jesus in the people we bring Him to. So, when He says at the end of the gospel of saint Matthew that He is with us always until the end of time, He means it because the sick are always with us in our homes, hospitals and communities. We always too have the poor, hungry, thirsty, naked, lonely, orphans and strangers in our midst. All these people bear the face of Jesus and call on us for help. When we help them; we can be assured to hear these words from Jesus: Come, you who are blessed by my Father…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me (Matthew 25:34-40).
The Kingdom of our Heavenly Father is established when His only begotten Son Jesus Christ the Universal King has conquered every enemy. The worst of human enemies is death. And this too, Jesus the universal King has conquered by His own death on the cross and resurrection. However, we must not confuse this conquering of death with elimination of biological death. Naturally, when our biological or physical bodies are worn out, we shall expire into natural death. As a people of faith though, we know and must believe that by the power of Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit, our biological/physical death gives us a birth to eternal life; hence, death does not have the last word on us. In fact, He tells us elsewhere, not to fear those who can only kill the body but can’t kill the soul. We should rather fear Him who has power to kill both soul and body in Gehenna (Matthew 10:28).
Let us pray in our Liturgy today, that Christ the King will intervene for us in the many challenges we face in the world today. We place the current enemy; namely COVID 19, into His powerful hands and trust that He will defeat him for us. We reassure ourselves by His grace, for a better world post this pandemic because it is built and sustained by the King of all. We pray for our world leaders that they will in humility take on the example of Jesus and have the sole care and concern for their citizens especially in these trying times. May Christ the universal and eternal King rule in our hearts; now and forever. Amen!
Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Parish Priest
Entrance Antiphon: Rv. 5: 12; 1: 6
How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and power for ever and ever.
Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17
The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest – it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them. As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 22(23):1-3a,5-6
Response: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. R.
Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit. He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name. R.
You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing. R.
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever. R.
Second reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.
Gospel Acclamation: Mark 11:9,10
Alleluia, alleluia! Blessing on him, who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David! Alleluia!
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. ‘Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me. ‘Next he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.” Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?” Then he will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.” ‘And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.’
Prayer over the Offerings:
As we offer you, O Lord, the sacrifice by which the human race is reconciled to you, we humbly pray, that your Son himself may bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Communion Antiphon: Ps 28: 10-11
The Lord sits as King for ever. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Prayer after Communion:
Having received the food of immortality, we ask, O Lord, that, glorying in obedience to the commands of Christ, the King of the universe, we may live with him eternally in his heavenly kingdom. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
A Prayer in a Time of a Pandemic
Holy God, you are our comfort and strength in times of Crisis, Pandemic and Uncertainty. Surround us now with your grace and peace through this global pandemic of COVID 19. By your Spirit, help those for whom the effects of this pandemic have been severe and even tragic. Sustain those who are working hard through it. Grant your wisdom to those governing and guiding us to a sense of normality. Fill us all with courage and hope of better days ahead. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our rock and redeemer. Amen.
Reflections from Pope Francis
On this last Sunday of the liturgical year we are celebrating the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe. His is a kingship of guidance, of service and also a kingship which at the end of time will be fulfilled as judgment. Today, we have Christ before us as King, shepherd and judge, who reveals the criteria for belonging to the Kingdom of God. Here are the criteria.
The Gospel passage opens with a grandiose vision. Jesus, addressing his disciples, says: “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne” (Mt 25:31). It is a solemn introduction to the narrative of the Last Judgment. After having lived his earthly existence in humility and poverty, Jesus now shows himself in the divine glory that pertains to him, surrounded by hosts of angels. All of humanity is summoned before him and he exercises his authority, separating one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
To those whom he has placed at his right he says: “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (vv. 34-36). The righteous are taken aback, because they do not recall ever having met Jesus, much less having helped him in that way, but he declares: “as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (v. 40). These words never cease to move us, because they reveal the extent to which God’s love goes: up to the point of taking flesh, but not when we are well, when we are healthy and happy, no; but when we are in need. And in this hidden way he allows himself to be encountered; he reaches out his hand to us as a mendicant. In this way Jesus reveals the decisive criterion of his judgment, namely, concrete love for a neighbour in difficulty. And in this way the power of love, the kingship of God is revealed: in solidarity with those who suffer in order to engender everywhere compassion and works of mercy.
The Parable of the Judgment continues, presenting the King who shuns those who, during their lives, did not concern themselves with the needs of their brethren. Those in this case too are surprised and ask: “Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?” (v. 44). Implying: “Had we seen you, surely we would have helped you!”. But the King will respond: “as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me” (v. 45). At the end of our life we will be judged on love, that is, on our concrete commitment to love and serve Jesus in our littlest and neediest brothers and sisters. That mendicant, that needy person who reaches out his hand is Jesus; that sick person whom I must visit is Jesus; that inmate is Jesus, that hungry person is Jesus. Let us consider this.
Jesus will come at the end of time to judge all nations, but he comes to us each day, in many ways, and asks us to welcome him. May the Virgin Mary help us to encounter him and receive him in his Word and in the Eucharist, and at the same time in brothers and sisters who suffer from hunger, disease, oppression, injustice. May our hearts welcome him in the present of our life, so that we may be welcomed by him into the eternity of his Kingdom of light and peace.
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Parish Priest: Fr Cyprian M. Shikokoti
Ph: 0450 464 678
Assistant Priest: Fr Francis Quoc Tran
Ph: 0466 909 282
Secretaries: Christine List & Mary McGrath-Yek
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 9am –4pm
Sacramental Coordinator: Brigid Fredericks
Ph: 9307 2776
Missioncare: Donna Moxey (Meals, Visiting & Family help)
Ph: 0434 637 355
Youth and Young Adult Contact Details
Youth Choir: Nicole Westneat - 0411 542 619
Youth & Family Choir: Fran Christie Zscherpel - 0433 852 967
WyFi: Luke 0401 822 932 or Amanda 0421 144 992
Rachel Wood 0400 958 513
Margy Reeler 0458 509 054
Andrew DeMaio 0422 236 051