Welcome to Christ the King Parish and School web page. As we all know the role of mass media has expanded immensley through the years, so much so, that they are essential means of informing the world about the events of contemporary history. As Pope Francis said during his address to the media, "Historical events almost always demand a nuanced interpretation which at times can also take into account the dimension of faith. Ecclesial events are certainly no more intricate than political or economic events! But they have one particular underlying feature: they follow a pattern which does not readily correspond to the 'worldly' categories which we are accustomed to and so it is not easy to interpret and communicate them to a wider and more varied public. The Church is certatinly a human and historical institution with all that entails, yet her nature is not essentially political but spiritual: The Church is the People of God, the Holy People of God making its way to encounter Jesus Christ."
As we listen to the clarion call made by Pope Francis in his Exhortation 'The Joy of the Gospel' let us encourage one another to embarck upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by joy, while pointing our new paths for the Church's journey in years to come. In this journey let us try to find someplace for others in our hearts, a place for the poor, and a place for the weak in our community. We live in a time, which is pervaded by consumerism and blunted conscience. When we get caught up in our own personal selfish interests we miss God's voice and our desire to do good fades away. We become selfish stewards as in the Parable of the Talents. (Mt 25:14-30). That deafness of heart and mind leads to anger and resentment. It is not God's will for us, especially for us believers in His great love.
We are people of Easter Joy. We live in the time of resurrected Christ who lives with us. We are called to live that mystery of joy in our lives. It is in the detachment and simplicity we find a true joy as we see in the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ our saviour. He has invited us to that same life of joy. We all have a desire to encounter Jesus in our lives. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says, "Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction." This great encounter takes place in the true life of a steward. In other words this encounter happens only in the life of a disciple who persevere in the call he/she has received. This encounter leads us to real happiness of a steward who is rewarded much. In this encounter with Jesus we are liberated from our narrowness and self absorption. This love relationship restores us to a fuller life. "For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?" (The Joy of the Gospel) In the letter of St. Paul to the Romans we read, "Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness." (Rom12:6-8)
As a community rooted in stewardship as the way of life, let us strive hard to live up to the call we have received. The Lord has called us to this way of life, out of his mercy and love. It is not reserved for a few. As (soon to be) Saint Pope John Paul II says, "The Lord does is the honor of placing his confidence in us and calling us to the ministry, showing us his mercy. This is not reserved for a few, it is for everyone, each in his own state of life."
Let us be united in prayer and in our mission,
Fr. Johnson Kuriappilly