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fetscherDear Family,
The name of the feast challenges us if we were to think of the Lord as some great earthly potentate. This potentate reigns over hearts!

Listen to the words of Pope Pius XI when he established the feast on December 11, 1925, the end of the special Holy Year he had called. The language is sort of 'churchy' but there can be no mistaking the fact that Pius' underlying concern was the fate of the world as the likes of Hitler and Mussolini were com-ing onto the world's stage. What could with-stand that?

"If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all (people) are purchased by his precious blood, (if all are brought under) his dominion; if this power embraces all,... it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, ... He must reign in our wills,.., He must reign in our hearts, ...which love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God."

In that moment of history, what would be a good way of expressing a heavenly reality in earthly language? Using the metaphor of "king" was an image people could grasp. It certainly had been done before.

Listen to each of the three scriptures we proclaim this weekend. They speak of kingship, kingship that is rooted in a profound relationship with God. Pius XI was writing in the longstanding scriptural tradition of that earthly/heavenly connection.

In 1970 the feast was permanently established at the end of the Church's liturgical year.

In other words, let Jesus be the sum and substance of our lives. That's what it is all about. Jesus is the period at the end of the annual retelling of the story of what He did for us.

It's important to keep retelling the story to ourselves. The details of the story will not change, but the circumstances into which we tell the story DO change! If your circum¬stances are not changing, then ask someone to bury you, because you are very likely dead.

What can the gospel say to our lives in THIS moment, in THIS need, with THIS person? The things today are different from the last moment, the last need, the last person.

Sometimes, I want to say to myself, "Enough already." "Leave me alone in my recliner." What helps me to appreciate the present moment is to quit thinking about 'doing' in all the moments. Instead, focus on what I know and believe Jesus has done for me. That changes the atmosphere considerably. Getting out of the chair simply becomes the natural thing to do, the thing you want to do, even if you creak a bit in the doing.

Special thanks to Victor and Mari Rodriguez who again this year provided our Thanksgiving pumpkin pastelitos. They are a special concoction of Tami's bakery in South Miami. We convinced Tami's several years ago that pumpkin pastelitos were possible, a unique way of making an American adaptation of Cuban happiness (Pastelitos!) I'm glad you like them. Victor and Mari get the credit.

In Jesus,
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