Homily – December 1, 2019

December 8th, 2019

Let’s think for a moment on the image Isaiah puts before us in our first reading. He uses the image of a stump of a once mighty tree representing the kingdom of Israel, a kingdom that had been cut down by defeat and exile. A dynasty left for dead.

And yet from that stump came new life, new growth, and a new future. From that stump came the promise of time of peace and justice – total opposites living in harmony; the wolf and lamb, the leopard and kid, the calf and the lion, the cow and the bear.

There can be times when we feel we’ve been cut down, we feel like that lifeless stump, we’re out of hope; we have nothing left. We feel that all our efforts to be good and loving people do not bear fruit. We struggle with our daily realty that the good we want to do, we do not do and the evil we would not do, we still do. We struggle every day to be loving and forgiving men and women. We try to be accepting of men and women who believe and live differently than we do. We try to be more aware of and sensitive to the needs of our neighbours. And when the sun goes down we know we haven’t lived and loved anyway near the image of harmony Isaiah offers in today’s scripture. We try to love others with the same generosity with which God has loved us but we know that is beyond us.

We have yet to see accept the truth that God does not erase our struggles, he is with us within them.

Advent is trusting the truth that God’s grace can bring new life and transformation out of the stumps of our lives because with God all things are possible. We wait on and work with God’s grace. As one of the saints said,’ all shall be well and all shall be well and every manner of things shall be well.’

We wish the imagery of the gospel might be true in our lives, our crooked ways made straight, our rough ways smooth, our high opinions of ourselves brought low so that nothing in our daily living could hinder the coming of God’s kingdom into that part of our lives which has yet to be redeemed.

May we all have the faith to believe that the shoot of Jesse is sprouting in all our lives. God’s transforming grace is not finished with us yet, there are more possibilities for goodness, for forgiving past hurt, healing old wounds, there are more possibilities for us to be more open, more accepting of people of other faiths, other life styles, other racial backgrounds from ourselves.

Our stumps, our struggles are filled with the possibilities of new life; God is not finished with any of us.

Bulletin – December 8, 2019

December 7th, 2019

Christmas Schedule 2019

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION

Friday, December 20th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday, December 21st
Vigil Mass – 4:30 PM
Office Open – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, December 22nd
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE – Tuesday, December 24th
No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
8:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Wednesday, December 25th
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Thursday, December 26th
Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES
Saturday December 28th
Vigil Mass – 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 29th,
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Tuesday, December 31st
No 9:00 AM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
5:00 PM Mass
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Wednesday, January 1st
Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
Mass at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

DAY OF CONFESSION Friday, December 20th

On Friday, December 20th, we will all have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard from, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL-Come & Celebrate Together!

Come and celebrate together at our special Christmas Concert at St. Gabriel’s Church, Saturday, December 14th at 7:30 PM. The Seraphim and Cherubim Men’s & Women’s Choruses, led by our own Richard Foty will lift our spirits with their All You Need is Love concert. This is a wonderful Advent opportunity.

Ticket prices: Adults $20, Children $5.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE AT 5:00 PM

Rehearsal: Sunday, December 22nd from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Each year, young people, Grade 3 and up, form a special choir for the Family Mass on Christmas Eve. Children must be at the Church by 4:00 PM. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 22nd from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

For more information call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.

Pageant Rehearsal

Sunday, December 22nd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

A Nativity pageant also takes place at the 5:00 PM Family Mass. Children from S.K. to Grade 5 are invited to participate in the pageant. The rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 22nd from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Church.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 9th to December 15th

MONDAY – FOR THE INTENTIONS OF FRANCIS NG – Requested by the Parish Staff
TUESDAY – FOR THE INTENTIONS OF USON JOHN KIM – Requested by Bona Oh
WEDNESDAY – FOR THE INTENTIONS OF USON JOHN KIM – Requested by Bona Oh
THURSDAY – FOR THE INTENTIONS OF USON JOHN KIM – Requested by Bona Oh
FRIDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by Mary Leung
SATURDAY – EVA GULBINOWICZ – Requested by Kathleen Olden-Powell
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – ANTONIO ISONZO & DONATELLA LAGUARDIA – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – DELFIN LAZARO – Requested by the Lazaro Family

Beautiful 2020 calendar from the Canadian North

Available this weekend

As many of you know, Fatima Lee, who was formerly a member of our pastoral team, has served as a missionary in the Diocese of Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories for over a year now. The Diocese is home to many isolated indigenous communities.

This weekend, volunteers will be selling beautiful 2020 calendars from the Diocese of Mackenzie at the parish. The beautiful and unique calendar showcases photos of lovely landscape captured by Bishop Jon Hansen on his many missionary trips in the Diocese.

It is hoped that through the sale of these calendars, funds will be raised to support the travel of priests and pastoral workers of the diocese to the remote communities. Since this Diocese of 1.5 million sq. km has only seven priests serving, many of the isolated communities will have Mass only three or four times a year. Except in the deep of winter, each time the priests or pastoral workers would have to fly in and out of these communities. It is notoriously expensive to fly in the north.

Please consider supporting the Diocese of Mackenzie. The calendars, at $20 each, are great for personal use; they will also make wonderful gifts, since they are unique and not easily available elsewhere.

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION

The members of the Social Justice and Integrity of Creation (SJIC) Committee would like to thank all of our parishioners – from the very young and to the young at heart – who signed the Solidarity Letters addressed to two threatened Amazonian communities in Brazil and advocating for Canada and Brazil to protect the rain forest and its people. It is heartwarming to see your faith in action! A heartfelt thank you to one and all.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Up to Sunday December 15th

We will be having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child, age newborn to 12 years old. Containers, which are set up in the Gathering Space and will remain there until Sunday, December 15th.

THE GIVING TREE

Up to Sunday, December 15th

During Advent, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space.

The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift or a gift card of about $25 for that child and return the unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the box provided in the Gathering Space. If you choose an older child, please buy a gift card. Return it with the tag to the Parish Office. If you are a knitter, there will be mitten tags. Please take one and return mitts to the box in the Gathering Space.

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for babies, age 6 months to 4 years. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than Sunday, December 15th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your generosity.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Your food donations are more important than ever as the winter begins and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, December 18th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, December 18th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room to continue their great work, making sleep mats for third world countries All are welcome!

For further information about this project please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

EFFECT HOPE – LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA

Collecting Stamps

This is a wonderful time of year to collect stamps from your Christmas cards and letters to give to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada. If you wish to help, your stamps may be left in the basket on the counter outside of the office.

Please visit effecthope.org for more information.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of December 14th /15th

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6.00
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $4.25

ADVENT-SOLSTICE GATHERING

Saturday, December 21st at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

The winter solstice marks a transition toward brighter times. Together, the Advent-Solstice reminds us of our profound connection with all of God’s creation and wakens us to the opportunity for a new beginning in that relationship. We will explore the surprising gifts that result when we make choices that foster such relationships.

YOUTH GROUP

Thank you to all who supported our youth group’s fundraiser this past weekend. More than $800 was raised in support of our attendance at the 2020 Steubenville Conference. All Christmas ornaments were sold and the highest bids for the Statue and Nativity Figurine were $45 and $300, respectively. A special thank you to Edwin Li for generously donating the religious articles. We are so grateful for the support of our parish community!

We welcome new members of our Parish who joined and registered for the month of October.

Elias Corro & Otiana Monagreda & family; Michael Laureola & family; Klodiana & Alban Kasa & family; Sheila Marie Corpuz & Dexter Galano; Brian & Roana Canasa & family; Saoirse Kelleher & family; Sabreena Florez & family; Simeon Charles; Alma & Mauro Quizon

We encourage you to participate in any of the various ministries of our parish community.

THE FINANCE CORNER

Your offertory envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space. Please pick yours up as soon as possible.

Under the Canadian Income Tax laws, a donor is entitled to an income tax credit against income taxes payable based on a tax receipt from a registered Canadian charity like St. Gabriel’s parish. You should consider using envelopes for your offertory giving, no matter the amount of your weekly donation. Envelopes are available at the Parish Office if you need one.

Homily – December 1, 2019

December 1st, 2019

There are times when reading the scriptures of the day and preparing a sermon there might be a phrase that sparks an idea on what one might speak about.

Today such a phrase was in Paul’s letter to the Romans when he calls them to wake from sleep. He might have been speaking of their sleep, their avoidance of the challenge he’s put before them that they ‘put on the Lord Jesus Christ.’ He challenges them to lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. These are symbolic words but words that can still make us think about our own struggles to ‘put on Christ’, our struggles to be a Christ-like person.

Dare we ask ourselves, what is our sleep, our drowsiness from which Paul shakes us to wake up to the teachings and example of Jesus? What is our drowsiness that lulls us into a dullness of indifference, insensitivity to the wants and sufferings of those closest to us, our family members and friends? Paul calls us, shakes us to wake up to the wants and sufferings of men, women and children we don’t even know. Faithful to the teachings of Christ Paul challenges us to wake up to the reality that these needy but neglected men women and children are our brothers and sisters in our human family, that they are our brothers and sisters in the family of the church.

Recently world scientists told the leaders of the world they are failing to live up to their commitment to face the reality, the dangers of climate change. In other words; ’wake up’, time is running out.

We all know that our lives as Christian men and women is a life of tension. The good that we would, we do not. The evil that we would not do, that we do. The grace and presence of Jesus Christ will see us through if we are open to Christ’s presence in our lives. Christ will shake us, wake us to lay aside the works of darkness, our deep sleep of indifference and help us put on the light, the light that shows us our obligation to the needs and the sufferings of neglected seniors, the sick and suffering, the working poor, the homeless street people living and struggling in our own city.

At this Mass we ask for the grace of courage and concern to wake up from our sleep of indifference and put on our Lord Jesus Christ and be attentive to the good people who need our love and our help be they family, friends or total strangers.

May we put on the Lord Jesus Christ and learn to love as he loved, learn to forgive as he forgave and learn to heal hurts as he healed. As often as we are there for family, friends, or strangers we are there for Christ. May we be blesses to be awake to all the possibilities of doing good that come our way today

Bulletin – December 1, 2019

December 1st, 2019

Christmas Schedule 2019

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION

Friday, December 20th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday, December 21st
Vigil Mass – 4:30 PM
Office Open – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, December 22nd
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE – Tuesday, December 24th
No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
8:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Wednesday, December 25th
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Thursday, December 26th
Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES
Saturday December 28th
Vigil Mass – 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 29th,
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Tuesday, December 31st
No 9:00 AM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
5:00 PM Mass
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Wednesday, January 1st
Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
Mass at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

YOUTH GROUP

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will be selling hand-painted Christmas ornaments this weekend in the Gathering Space. All proceeds will support the youth’s annual attendance at the Steubenville Catholic Conference in July 2020. Please support our youth!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

St. Gabriel’s Church, Saturday, December 14th 7:30 PM

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Come join the Seraphim & Cherubim – Men’s’ Chorus and Women’s Chorus singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their All You Need is Love concert series. Bringing our friends together to sing songs that touch our hearts is celebrating what the season is all about. Never a typical Christmas concert and always full of surprise tunes and reimagined classics. Ticket prices: Adults $20, Children $5. Proceeds are in support of Thalassemia Foundation of Canada.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 2nd to December 8th

MONDAY – JOSEPH LUAN NGUYEN – Requested by the Nguyen Family
TUESDAY – DANIEL MORIARTY & DAVID SHELDRICK – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
WEDNESDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN WONG – Requested by her sister Noreen
THURSDAY – MARIA DIDIODATO – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – NICOLA VUKOVIC – Requested by his Family
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – KAZ SWIDERSKI – Requested by Carol & Hugh MacKenzie
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – THANKSGIVING TO GOD FOR EVERYTHING – Requested by the Chiu Family

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, December 6th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ENGLISH ROSARY GROUP

Saturday, December 7th at 3:15 PM – Library

CHILDREN’S FAMILY MASS

Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM Mass

The Children’s Family Mass is on Christmas Eve at 5:00 PM. There will be a rehearsal on Sunday, December 22nd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM for any young people, Grade 3 and up, who would like to sing in the choir. There will also be a rehearsal on the same day from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM for any children from S.K. to Grade 5 who would like to participate in the Nativity pageant. Please mark your calendars!

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION

During our Development of Peace meeting in late October, we discussed about the fact that many issues and concerns have arisen and continue to arise since we started this committee years ago as well as the place of D & P in our parish. We deemed it wise to heed the challenge of Pope Francis to follow the signs of our times and thus, broaden the scope of parish commitment to social justice. In consultation with Fr. Brando, we are changing the name of our committee to that of Social Justice and Integrity of Creation (SJIC). This committee will serve as the umbrella for the expanded number of social justice initiatives we will undertake as a parish family which will include the D & P projects.

As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) will kick-off its campaign for the next two years starting this Fall 2019, the project called For our Common Home which is inspired by the papal encyclical, Laudato Si’ – On care for our common home. This fits in very well with the eco-theology thrust of our Passionist parish whose primary motivation is to establish a link between the sacredness of the gathered community of Faith and the sacredness of the Earth which is our common home.

The first year of the campaign will be dedicated to the Amazon in recognition that a future for the Amazon is a future for all. In a world where natural resources are ruthlessly exploited for commercial gain; where environmental degradation threatens the health and survival of the Amazon’s flora, fauna and people; and where “development” benefits the rich to the detriment of the poorest, we must act! The Amazon plays an essential role for all of humanity. By defending its people and their way of life, we are securing a future for the Earth and its people.

Please lend your voice in defending the defenders of the Amazon and committing to care For our Common Home by taking part in the following:

Sign or write Solidarity Letters addressed to two threatened Amazonian communities in Brazil. In addition to reassuring the communities that their struggles are not solitary, these letters will be used to press the Canadian and Brazilian governments to assert their rights.

Go to https://www.devp.org/en/campaign/forourcommonhome or take home the reading materials provided which show a deeper understanding of the Amazon; its role in maintaining the health of the planet; and the threats faced by its forests, rivers and people. It also outlines the campaign’s advocacy strategy, including questions to ask Members of Parliament and much more.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, November 30th to Sunday, December 15th

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space.

The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift or a gift card of about $25 for that child and return the unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the box provided in the Gathering Space. If you choose an older child, please buy a gift card. Return it with the tag to the Parish Office. If you are a knitter, there will be mitten tags. Please take one and return mitts to the box in the Gathering Space.

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for babies, age 6 months to 4 years. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than Sunday, December 15th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your generosity.

Beautiful 2020 calendar from the Canadian North

Available weekend of Dec 7th and 8th, 2019

As many of you know, Fatima Lee, who was formerly a member of our pastoral team, has served as a missionary in the Diocese of Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories for over a year now. The Diocese is home to many isolated indigenous communities.

On the weekend of Dec 7 and 8, volunteers will be selling beautiful 2020 calendars from the Diocese of Mackenzie at the parish. This beautiful and unique calendar showcases photos of lovely landscape captured by Bishop Jon Hansen on his many missionary trips in the Diocese.

It is hoped that through the sale of these calendars, funds will be raised to support the travel of priests and pastoral workers of the diocese to the remote communities. Since this Diocese of 1.5 million sq. km has only seven priests serving, many of the isolated communities will have Mass only three or four times a year. Except in the deep of winter, each time the priests or pastoral workers would have to fly in and out of these communities. It is notoriously expensive to fly in the north.

Please consider supporting the Diocese of Mackenzie. The calendars, at $20 each, are great for personal use; they will also make wonderful gifts, since they are unique and not easily available elsewhere.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Saturday November 30th to Sunday December 15th

We will be having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child, age newborn to12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church on Saturday, November 30th and will remain there until Sunday, December 16th.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Last weekend, 47 casseroles were collected for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. This Christmas season, more volunteers are needed. If you require more information please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS

Blessed Trinity Parish, December 5th, 7:00 PM

St. Joseph Morrow Park and Brebeuf College School are hosting a joint celebration of Advent Lessons & Carols on Thursday, December 5th, 7 PM at Blessed Trinity Parish. All are welcome. Come and enjoy the beautiful readings and hymns of this season. Refreshments will follow in the hall.

FOOD FOR THOSE LESS FORTUNATE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city. Rosalie Hall provides a wide range of child services for young parents and their children.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support of these important centres.

C.W.L. OF ST. EDWARDS PARISH NEED WOOL

The Catholic Women’s League of St. Edward’s Parish is in need of donations of wool to knit scarves and toques for the homeless and baby clothes for the stillborn. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. Your donations, labeled CWL, can be left in the St. Gabriel parish office. Thank you for your support and God Bless!

FINANCE CORNER

Offertory envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space. Please pick yours up as soon as possible. If you do not have offertory envelopes but would like a box, let the Office know and we will prepare a box for you.

If you do not use envelopes, PAG or Donate Now for your offertory giving, but put an unidentified offering into the basket, you cannot receive a tax receipt for income tax purposes. Under the Canadian Income Tax laws, a donor is entitled to an income tax credit against income taxes payable based on a tax receipt from a registered Canadian charity like St. Gabriel’s parish. You should consider using envelopes for your offertory giving, no matter the amount of your weekly donation.

Homily – November 24, 2019

November 24th, 2019

When we think of kings we think of pomp and circumstance. Think of the grandeur of a coronation, of the lavish ceremony of opening the house of parliament. It is all so grand.

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, Christ our king. And how does our gospel present him. A cheap politician wanting to keep the favor of an angry mob instead of seeing justice done and release an innocent man, shows Jesus to the mob with the mocking words, ‘behold your king.’ Jesus the King stands before the crowd wearing the purple of monarchy and a mock crown of piercing thorns, holding a stick as his sceptre totally mocked, totally humiliated. The crowd yells, away with him, crucify him; we have no king put Caesar.

The cross of Jesus bears the title, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

When Pilate asked Jesus, are you a king Jesus answer I am but by kingdom is not of this world, my kingdom does not imitate the kings of this world. I am king of the poor, the disposed, the homeless, I am the king of the immigrant, the un-employed, the exploited worker, I am king of the widow and the orphan, I am king of the sick and infirmed, and I am king of the nobodies of this world. I am king of the faithful husbands and wives; I am king of loving parents and their children. I am king of the men and women who staff food banks and out of the cold shelters; I am king of those who care for the street people. I am king of any man or woman who stands for truth and life, I am king of people of holiness and grace, I am king of those who foster justice love and peace.

Behold our crucified king hanging naked and bleeding from his throne; his cross. And we are his faith subject, faithful followers when try as best we can when we are there for people in need and when we are accepting of men and women of a different faith, a different political opinion or a different lifestyle from our own. On his cross Jesus Crucified, Jesus our King with his arms stretched wide welcomed his fellow victim as he welcomes all who are open to his invitation; come to me.

We know Christ is our King we our arms, our hearts and our minds are open wide to receive other men and women who think differently, believe differently or live differently than ourselves.