Welcome to the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord
a community of over 2000
Roman Catholics across the three Churches of St Joseph’s
in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and
St Teresa of the
Child Jesus in Merstham.
Willkommen! Vítejte! Bienvenido! Bienvenue! Dobrodošli! Benvenuti! üdvözöljük! Welkom! Witamy Serdecznie! Bom Dia!
23rd November 2014
Feast of Christ the Universal King (Yr A)
Christ Pantocrator mosaic from Hagia Sophia - Photo: Dianelos Georgoudis
Fr Chris writes.....
There is so much to celebrate on today’s great feast
of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe .....
Of all the titles we could bestow on Jesus that of ‘king’ could seem at the surface, to be one of the most inappropriate. It smacks of the things he rejected. When we think of a king, we think of a throne, a crown, a luxurious palace, great wealth, power, prestige, a large number of servants, an army, and specially trained security guards. With Jesus, there is no army, no palace, no throne. He walks the dusty roads of Palestine with his band of disciples. He is surrounded not by the rich and influential; but the poor and the sick, the sinners and the needy. “I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall be a true shepherd to them.” These words of the prophet Ezekiel give insight to the ways that Christ will follow.
Some so called ‘great people’ can make everyone else
feel very small. But the really great person makes
everyone feel great. We saw something of this in last
week’s parable of ‘the talents’. Talents are not
something we hide away, but something we invest. The
treasure Jesus carried was an ability to make people
rich not in monetary terms, but rich in human terms,
with an ability to offer the greatest treasure of all.
In our world, which at times can seem so dark and
gloomy, Jesus continues to be our source of true
goodness, light and hope. He had immense spiritual and
moral authority by the kind of person he was. His
presence could change beyond recognition the lives of
those around him. His attitude towards sinners, and
those in need, was one of kindness and gentleness,
rather than condemnation.
Christ is our king, in the here and now, and we can welcome him by our whole-hearted participation in the Mass and by joining in fully the life of the parish:
Not a parish that dominates, competes or seeks special favour; but a parish that loves, a parish that serves, and a parish that seeks to understand each other and treat each other with the dignity and respect we show in receiving Christ.
Just as we receive Christ in Holy Communion with love, care and reverence, so we should receive each other with love, care and reverence.
Sunday Mass is celebrated in all three Churches. Together the Parish is committed to celebrating the Catholic faith as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
Whether you are new to the parish or an existing church member, please explore our individual Church websites to join in our faith celebration and to find out how you can get the most out of the Parish community.