A different sort of king
Today’s gospel leaves us in no doubt as to what Jesus expects of his followers. It is a gospel of contrasts. It begins with a scene of judgement, with Jesus in the role of king, sitting on the throne of glory. It would have been a familiar image to the people of the time, who were expecting a great Messianic king. In the time of Jesus, kings were powerful rulers, and some were tyrants. We know from earlier in Matthew’s Gospel that kings like Herod were capable of brutal acts. It is an image that remains familiar to us today, thanks to popular fairytales, movies and TV shows – the all-powerful ruler sitting on their throne, passing judgement on their subjects.
But the king that Jesus talks about here turns these images upside down. He is not focused on riches or power, or inciting terror or fear. Instead, he is a fair judge, a shepherd who knows his flock. He invites all those who have acted with justice and generosity to take their place in his kingdom. He is in solidarity with the ‘least’ of his people – a king whose main concern is those who are hungry, displaced, sick or imprisoned. He refers to them as ‘brothers’.
Jesus’ kingdom is centred around charity, compassion and forgiveness. He expects us to treat everyone we encounter with welcome. There are simple acts of kindness we can carry out each day. Such love for others is love for God: ‘In so far as you did this to the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.’
‘In the evening of life, we shall be judged on love.’
St John of the Cross
FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR CHURCHES PLEASE REFER TO THE DOWN AND CONNOR WEBSITE
Weekly Collection Sunday 8th Nov amounted to £1140.00 Thank you for your generous financial support.
COVID-19 UPDATE Further to the recent Executive update …. FACE COVERINGS are now mandatory at all times when entering and exiting our Churches, and should be worn inside the Church. Please remember to bring your own mask, as Parish resources are limited.
FUNERALS are limited to 25 people, with no pre- or postfuneral gatherings.
WEDDINGS are also limited to 25. These measures will remain in place until mid November.
BAPTISMS Baptisms are held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month after 12.30pm Mass. To book a Baptism please ring the Parish Office or Sacristy 9am- Noon and we will complete a booking form with you over the phone. NB PLEASE NOTE DURING THESE TIMES ITS JUST THE PARENTS AND GODPARENTS THAT CAN ATTEND THE BAPTISM.
NOVEMBER DEAD LISTS Are now available at front and side entrances of Church. Please leave completed lists into the Sacristy Thank you
Annual Mass for the Deceased Monday 23rd November @7pm.
SVP CHRISTMAS CARDS Are now available after all weekend Masses. This year they will be sold from the front porch.
Trócaire “Gifts of Love” - Can now be purchased at the front Porch of the Church from this weekend 21/22 November along with the SVP Christmas Cards after all weekend Masses. However, you can still purchase at 50 King Street Belfast, Online www.trocaire.org/gifts or call 0800 912 1200.Please support again this year.
PRAYER INTENTIONS: We extend our sympathies to the families of those who died recently and those whose month’s mind and anniversary occur at this time.
Sat: Vigil 6.30pm: David Rouse, Geraldine Dunlop, William Cinnamond
Sun: 9.30am: Priest’s intention
12.30pm: Paul Shields
Mon: 10am: NOV DEAD LIST
Tue: 10am: No Mass
Wed: 10am: NOV DEAD LIST
Thurs:10am: NOV DEAD LIST
Fri: 10am: NOV DEAD LIST
Sat: 1pm: Holy Souls
In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.
Recently Deceased: Elsie Mc Conville ( Manchester), Dermott Mc Cartan
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Mary Gribbin, John O’ Rawe, Pat Ross, Brendan Ryan
Drumalis Christmas Concerts via Zoom
Friday, 18 December & Monday, 21 December 2020 at 7:30 pm
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas at Drumalis without Music for Christmas so, after exploring the technical side of it, we’re delighted that the Voices Chamber Choir under the direction of Loreto McAuley will be
with us again this year, albeit in a virtual way! The concerts will take place via Zoom at 7:30 pm on Friday, 18th December and Monday, 21st December.
The cost is £15 per person. To book, please phone Drumalis during office hours (Mon–Fri, 9 am–5 pm) – tel 028 28272196/ 28276455. We welcome credit and debit card payments.
Payments can also be made by bank transfer (details available upon request).
Annual Mass for deceased Pioneers in Down and Connor diocese will be celebrated in St Malachy’s church, Alfred St. on Monday 23rd November at 1pm. The Mass will also be streamed.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED ACN Week Of Witness (25 Nov – 01 Dec). On 25th Nov #REDWEDNESDAY, we ask you to offer a prayer, to give alms and to wear red, as a sign of the blood of the martyrs of yesterday, today and the future. www. acnireland.org.