“We have spent so much of 2020 physically apart from each other, or at least more distanced than ever before; the Incarnation shows how it was vital to God’s plan for him to draw near to us in the flesh as God-with-us”.
The readings for this Feast of Christ the King evoke three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical because they emphasize things we don’t usually associate with kings. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus even if we don’t realize it
Gavin Newsom, the governor of California with the slicked-back hair, has, according to Congressman Tom McClintock, apparently done us an unwitting favour, being caught flaunting the same bothersome and burdensome Covid protocols he has imposed on the residents of the golden coast. There he was, in a upscale restaurant, imbibing expensive wine his fellow bon vivants, no social distancing, no masks – all in all, livin’ it up at the Hotel California.
The local Mercury News writes:
Newsom publicly apologized for attending the dinner, saying he should have practiced what he preached. The same day, he announced tight new restrictions to combat a fall surge of the virus, including the closure of most nonessential businesses, restaurants, bars and places of worship. On Thursday, Newsom tacked on a month-long curfew shutting down non-essential work and gatherings from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for 94% of the state’s population.
Francisco Goya, “The Queen of Martyrs,” Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, Zaragoza, Spain
Taylor HyattBy Taylor Hyatt
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition board member & disability rights activist
Canada’s Maclean’s magazine has been running a series of articles on aspects of life turned upside down in the chaos of 2020. On their list of “14 things 2020 proved wrong” is the assumption that “Canada values its seniors” – not to mention younger disabled people who also live in congregate care settings.
That Jesus taught His disciples to pray for the coming of the kingdom (Mt 6:9–13; Lk 11:2–4) long before they could fully understand its true nature has long intrigued me. Clearly, Jesus intends to lead […]