In Solidarity with Jesus and His Mission

Stations of the Cross @ Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

  • Water in the Desert

    And so it goes…life on this planet is not possible without water. Same goes for external life. Baptism IS necessary for salvation. Water events, both in scarcity and abundance, require action and an enormous amount of reflection. It’s ironic that water is also reflective by nature and thus demands our attention; much like the human […] Read more

  • Marriage Blessed and Ordained by God Alone

    We find ourselves, as Godly people of faith, enmeshed in another social upheaval regarding marriage.  First, the Bible and church tradition has consistently defined marriage, Holy Matrimony, as between a man and a women. Why? Because man and woman were created for each other.    Societies since the beginning of time have adopted roles for […] Read more

  • Giving (and Receiving) Every Day…Not Just Tuesday

    I write today on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Designated a ‘Giving Tuesday’ that began a decade ago to raise awareness of the need to enact radical generosity in the hearts and souls of people. This movement has grown to become global in scope, while remaining locally focused. If you are like me, your inbox and […] Read more

  • God’s Provisions for Our Time in the Wilderness

    Reflection on Mark 1:9-15 In this Gospel passage, Mark tells the story of Jesus’ Baptism and immediate departure into the desert wilderness where Jesus will reside and be tempted by Satan. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the very Spirit of God, to a place where death was a very real possibility. He is […] Read more

  • Transforming the Continuum of Care

    Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 months…the global pandemic has resulted in inequitable panic, concern, and impulsive reactions among government officials and the ‘health care’ community. The reactions and fear have not been unfounded. Millions worldwide have been impacted and many have died as a direct result of the […] Read more

  • Christ The King

    We don’t often talk of kings much anymore in the US. After all we have been involved with this experiment called a democracy for a couple of centuries. In this form of government, there are no kings and are extensive guards and laws to prevent even our elected folks from acting like a king. So […] Read more

Christ The King

We don’t often talk of kings much anymore in the US. After all we have been involved with this experiment called a democracy for a couple of centuries. In this form of government, there are no kings and are extensive guards and laws to prevent even our elected folks from acting like a king. So it seems a paradox to talk of Our King…in the midst of a nation devoted to non-kings. What sets Jesus Christ apart from all brands and notions of earthly kings is the fact that is both human and God. Earthly kings have merely been trying to play a god, yet Our King is God.

When earthly kings – all powers and principalities for that matter – make their decrees and rules, they can carry both good and bad news. Our King always decrees and rules with the Gospel – Good News! Jesus’ message is one of proclamation that frees the soul, enlivens the spirit, and assures equality. No matter of salvation can be promised or assured by earthly kings because it comes from above – God alone.

Within our celebratory calendar is Christ The King Sunday. This year it is November 22, 2020. As the Holy Spirit gathers us, we once again give thanks and praise to God, who sent Jesus the Christ into the world to win salvation. He did not do that by lording over us like earthly kings do – but by ministering in the day to day lives of His people. He experienced the whims and violent acts of earthly kings and emperors, until one day he was executed.

Our King – Jesus Christ – whom we honor through faithful discipleship – deserves this recognition day because He literally went through death and hell to sit where he was destined to sit. Our King – sits where no earthly king can. Thanks be to God!


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