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25 Mountainview Street
Voorheesville, New York 12186
Phone (518) 765-2805
Fax (518) 765-3701

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The Pastor's weekly message

We come to the end of our liturgical year with this feast of Christ the King. Next weekend we begin a new year, year C of our three year cycle of readings. Year C is the year of St. Luke's gospel. I must confess that I am not a fan of the Feast of Christ the King.

This feast is relatively new to the liturgical calendar. It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 at least in part as a reaction to the loss of Church power to secularism and the nation-states. However, Jesus life and ministry was so often a reaction to both religious and political power, especially over the poor, that I find adopting the title "king" to Jesus misreads and perhaps distorts his message. I do understand and agree that Jesus comes to establish a new kingdom on the earth. It is the kingdom of peace and justice for the poor and the forgotten, the broken and the lost. In that sense he is our "king" but a king like no other has ever been.

Our readings give us an image from the apocalyptic prophet Daniel who had a vision of the heavenly hosts with God as ruler sending the Son of Man as his messenger to the world. This is certainly an earthly, kingly image. The second reading from the Book of Revelation, another apocalyptic work, again uses earthly, power images for Jesus with his priests seen as an army for the Son of God. But our Gospel gives us the account of Jesus before Pilate. Pilate is trying to understand who Jesus is and he uses the only image that makes sense to him, So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?". But Jesus refuses the title and instead tries to get Pilate to talk about what really matters, not power but truth.

If we are going to celebrate Christ the King, then we must begin with the fact that he is a king like no one has ever known and probably never will, a powerless King who wants truth, peace and love to reign over the world.

Fr. Chris

Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 AM
Tues, Wed, and Fri at 8:30 AM
Rosary and Novena
Monday at 6:30 PM
(September through May)
Saturday at 4:00 PM
(or by appointment)
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9 AM to 3 PM