Saturday, November 24, 2012

Twenty-sixth and last Sunday after Pentecost/Feast of Christ the King (November 25)

In the traditional calendar this Sunday is the last of the liturgical year - the texts are for the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost (and the fifth Sunday of November), although in fact this year there are 26 Sundays in this period this year.

The Gospel gives us a chilling reminder of the end times, with Our Lord's invocation of Daniel's apocalyptic vision from St Matthew 24.  It is a reminder of that we must focus on holiness, lest we be found wanting at the time of judgment.

The Ordinary Form calendar, as is its way, softens the message, closing the liturgical year with the promise of the kingdom to come without the emphasis on the accompanying chaos of the end times and coming judgment, in its recasting of the feast of Christ the King.

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