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Sunday, November 25, 2007

a CatholicTV thought: Who is the Lord of all?

This month we have tried, according to our Catholic tradition, to pray a lot for those who have died. Faced when we are with the mystery of death, the inevitable question in all of this, for all of us is: “why?” Death is not natural for us…tragedy is not God’s will, God does not desire us to suffer. But we are trapped in our frail and sinful human condition. In the end, I am convinced a reason for all that has occurred will be found, the questions will be answered, and even the tragedies of life will make sense.

Today we conclude the Church liturgical year by honoring Jesus Christ as King of all creation – perhaps “Lord” is an even better term. For Jesus Christ is in charge of everything, even death. We, however, love to pretend that it is we who are Lord, we who are in charge. Of those two criminals hanging on either side of the Lord on Calvary, only one had learned this lesson.

Yes, Jesus is calling the shots and will bring to a wonderful resolution all those things that make us wag our heads and mutter “why?” Why must good and innocent people, die so horribly? Why must people for months and years be bowed down with grief? Why must life be so difficult at times

Our eventual demise and all the “little deaths” which are dealt to us and through which we pass are the road to new and abundant Life in God’s Kingdom.

“Well, that’s all fine and good,” you might think – “but what about today, what about this week? What do we do when tragedy strikes…when we must carry our cross?”Well, I guess we do what comes natural to us as men and women of Faith…we band together, we share our sorrow, and we turn in prayer to Jesus our brother. He suffered and died and rose to new life. He is Lord of all creation…and He is with us here…and always.

The Book of Revelation reminds us that Jesus is “the Alpha and the Omega.” The meaning of those words lies, of course in the fact that Alpha and Omega are the A & Z of the audience St. John was addressing. Jesus is for us and for all creation the beginning and the end, the author and the finisher of Faith, of life itself and of all things.So, as we honor Christ the King, Jesus, Who is Lord of all…we put everything…all our situations, our problems and questions, our loved one and our very lives into His capable hands. He who has begun the good work in us will certainly bring it to a good end…if we let Him!Jesus is the Lord of all.

All praise and honor be His, now and forever!

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