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Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Cycle A)
November 22, 2020
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A Sunday Reflection
Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Cycle A)
The liturgical year comes to a close with the great feast of Christ the King. Our King; the One who deserves to be praised, adored and loved above every other person or object or ideology. The One to whom God the Father has granted all power and dominion.
Our King promises to guard and tend us “as the shepherd tends his flock”(Ez 34:11), and to give us rest (34:15). A rest that we will receive when, after separating sheep and goats, He says to those on the right: “Come, blessed of my Father. Inherit the kingdom” (Mt 25: 34). As He enumerates the reasons why we are so blessed, we can see that it all goes back to that commandment of love that we heard about a few weeks back. That just as He tends us, we are to tend one another.
As we go out and seek Christ in each of those little ones, let us remember that “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25: 40).
May Christ always reign in our hearts, in our families, in our parish, in our world. Long live Christ the King!
This coming Thursday, November 26, the country celebrates Thanksgiving Day, which is set aside to thank God for all His countless blessings in our life. Today I thank the Lord for your generous support during these difficult times and ask Him to fill you and your families with His blessings. God bless you!
Fr. Luis R. Largaespada
Around the Parish
On Friday, November 13, we united in Mass for the Feast of St. Hugh. This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the canonization of our patron saint, Saint Hugh of Lincoln, and the 60th anniversary of our parish and school.
In celebration of the anniversary, our students also worked on special projects this week.
A special thank you to Coach Pina and Coach Travis for organizing a wonderful St. Hugh Spirit Day for our students.
St. Hugh’s gentleness and innocence attracted animals to him. A day or so after he was welcomed and enthroned at Lincoln, a new swan not seen there before flew in at the bishop’s manor near Stow. It was larger in size and stronger than other swans, and had slightly different markings.
When the bishop first visited Stow, the bird, which had been tamed, was brought to him. Immediately, the swan took and ate bread from his hand and stayed with him like a pet. The bird let himself be touched by the saint, and was not fazed by the commotion surround him. Sometimes when the bishop fed him, the bird would stretch its head and its whole neck into his large, roomy sleeve, and rest its head on his chest.
If St. Hugh was away for a few days, the swan would move about as if looking for or waiting for its master to return. Only with the bishop was it friendly, and it would stand next to the saint as if to defend him against the approach of others.
On his last visit to Stow before his death, the saint found that the swan would not come to meet him as usual. He ordered it brought to him, but it took several days to capture the swan; and when it was finally brought to the bishop, the swan hung its head in grief. No one could understand this behavior, but when the saint died six months later, his people perceived that the swan had been bidding farewell to its friend. The swan lived
on at Stow for a long time after St. Hugh’s death, and eventually became the iconographic emblem of the saint.
Our holy patron died in London on November 16, 1200, and was canonized twenty years later, in February 1220.
Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, SJ (1891-1927)
In 1909, twenty-year-old Miguel Augustin Pro joined the Jesuits as a novice in Mexico. Due to the Mexican revolution, the Jesuits were forced to flee the country in 1914. Miguel received his seminary training in various countries, en route to Belgium, where he was ordained in 1925.
Father Pro was sent back to Mexico City in 1926, hoping that a return home might relieve his chronic stomach ailment. Just twenty-three days after his arrival, President Calles banned all public worship. Since he was not known as a priest, Father Pro went about clandestinely—sometimes in disguise—celebrating Mass, distributing communion, hearing confessions, and anointing the sick. He also did as much as he could to relieve the material suffering of the poor.
In November 1927, a bomb was tossed at Calles’s car from an auto previously owned by one of Miguel’s two brothers. All three brothers were rounded up and condemned to death without a trial. The youngest was pardoned, but Father Pro and his brother Humberto were executed by a firing squad. Calles had news photographers present, expecting the Pros to die cowardly. But he refused the blindfold and welcomed the bullets with his arms extended in the form of a cross, crying out, “Viva Cristo Rey!” Although Calles outlawed any public demonstration, thousands of Mexicans defiantly lined the streets, honoring the martyr as he was carried in procession to his grave.
Miguel Agustín Pro was beatified in 1988 and his memory is celebrated on November 23.