With Briar for a Crown
November 21, 2020 3:47pm CST
The other day, my daughter had a date with an attorney of a friend, and he said 'You've been to London and you have not watched an episode of the Crown?' My daughter asked me, 'Is the series good?' I answered, 'Just the story of Elizabeth.' The Crown. I admit that I love watching royalty simply because I grew up in the age of Diana, the Queen of Hearts. Her beauty and grace and compassion for the little people was endearing. Elizabeth? Oh well, let us not touch the Queen. But my story is about another Crown. A Crown made of briar, with prickly thorns that penetrate deep into the flesh. That briar of a crown was made to insult a Jew Who once walked the earth and lived among the poor and the lowly. He was accused of making Himself King, even if He said His kingdom was not of this world. Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, our Lord Jesus who dwelt poor and ate with the common fisher folks and the zealots; conversed with the infirmed, the least, the last, and the lost. Come let us be with our King, He ain't draped in royal robes but in tattered tunic. Our king is not driven in bullet proof limos but walks on foot beside the gutters. Our king does not wear a diamond-studded tiara but a briar for a crown.
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My grandmother saw to it that we have a huge frame of the "Cristo Rey" in our ancestral home. Actually, I have all of my grandmother's statuettes in my homes now. All my siblings have left the sacred memorabilia to me. I love the Solemnity of Christ the King because the feast concludes the liturgical year. That is a cause for celebration. The seminarians and priests of the SVD held online concerts in honor of 'Christ the King.' I love the 'Canticle of the Sun' best. Then, next Sunday, it's Advent. The beginning of another liturgical year. Advent is a time of waiting.
@eileenleyva Attended mass online just a while ago. The priest made a political remark about the celebration saying when l was hungry you gave me dolomite, when l was helping the needy you insulted me doing it. . It got us smiling at what he said it was indeed timely and quite true.
@rsa101 'Whatsoever you do to the least of My brothers, that you do unto Me.' I love that song very much. Yes, that would be a relevant and timely homily. The evil has attacked our sensibilities again, distracting our attention in the matter at hand - coming to aid to the needs of our countrymen devastated by the deluge. That didn't work. Attacked UP. Duh. A book about Leni coming out 8 December entitled 'Servant Leader Leni Robredo.' Remember, the evil one will be crushed by a woman.