Today we celebrate Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. How huge this is! We celebrate our sovereign, all powerful, all loving, and all compassionate Lord!
Jesus is our King – our Lord and Savior – and the ultimate steward of all time. Jesus is the Word made flesh who gave his life to save us. His was the ultimate gift, his own life, for our sins, down through time. Jesus offered himself to God as “the firstborn of the dead” (Revelation 1:5), and “the firstfruits of the those that have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). All we have and enjoy comes from the incredible bounty of God, his graces, comforts, and blessings.
In our own lives, most likely we will not have to make such a sacrifice as Jesus did. However, as God’s stewards, and in our Catholic tradition, we are asked to give our time, talent, and treasure to others – and, especially and concurrently, a portion of it back to God, the “firstfruits” of our efforts.
Firstfruits are our best efforts, the portion of ourselves that we offer back to God – those that are the finest, of the highest quality, that challenge us for most of our time, effort, and resources. We do owe all that we have to God, but we should offer it in a filial, that is, son- or daughter-like, way, in a grateful, hopeful frame of mind – always willing to share it with others, especially those who are less fortunate and blessed by circumstances.
Jesus is the King of the Universe, but he is a king unlike no other; he came to serve, not to be served. He lived his life in humble service of others. Let us all remember that we are not the “lord” of our time, treasure, and talent; God is, and he wants us to share what all we have with others.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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