My dear brother Knights,
Throughout this month of November, from All Saints Day and All Souls Day at the beginning of the month, to the Solemnity of Christ the King this Sunday, the Church speaks to us of the end of time, or the end of our own time. And so, we consider how we are to prepare for our encounter with Christ at the end of our lives.
Since the days of the Apostles, the Church has carried out Christ’s mission to bring all people to Christ and to bring Christ to all people. Whether in our liturgies, in our feeding the poor and defending the unborn, in our educational programs, and even in our community-building socials, everything is oriented toward drawing closer to Christ.
As an order, and as individuals, we should take the time to look at how we are preparing for our encounter with Christ, and how we are doing at bringing people to Christ. When we host a Christmas party for children with special needs, we reflect the love of Christ in how we engage our guests. When we decide to make the sacrifice to participate in the March for Life in January, we witness to Christ’s love to hundreds of thousands. When we invite our families to go to Church with us on Thanksgiving, before watching the parade and football games, and before stuffing ourselves like a turkey, we are saying to our loved ones, “Come into the joy of walking with Christ.” We are on a journey to Christ, and He desires for us to bring people with us.
“Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!” The Scriptures tell us that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. Let us ask God to help us be ready for that moment of encounter, by making Him known in our words and in our actions. May we all hear the Lord say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant; come share your Master’s joy.”
God bless you all. Vivat Jesus! Blessed Michael McGivney, pray for us.