This weeks full programme is available in podcast HERE.
Rev. Professor Eamonn Conway on the Synod of Bishops and the New Evangelisation
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Fr. Eamonn speaks to us this week about his experience of attending the recent Synod of Bishops in Rome on the theme of New Evangelisation which examined ways of trying to renew and bring back people to a more active participation in their faith. Fr. Eamonn explained in general terms what a Synod of Bishops is and what it does and shared a fascinating account of what it meant to be an expert advisor at a Synod and some of the topics that arose there.
You can listen to the interview with Fr. Conway excerpted from the programme HERE.
Gospel - John 18: 33-37 - Solemnity of Jesus Christ the Universal King
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe was instituted by Pope Pius XI in the Encyclical Quas Primas in 1925. This solemnity is always celebrated on the last Sunday of the Church's liturgical year. It is fitting to reflect on the Kingship of Jesus at this time of the year. Every time we pray the Our Father or the Creed, we are praying for the fulfilment of the Kingdom of God. If we truly believe that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords, then we will reflect this in our lives. Perhaps during this coming week and as we move into the new season of Advent we can reflect on the following questions:
(1) Who is the king of my heart and mind and life? Do submit every part of my day and life to Jesus Christ? Do I live as if Jesus is the Universal King or do I prefer to keep some parts of my life under my own control and dominion?
(2) Do I work for the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of man? Do I pour my energies into working for peace, love, justice, unity and harmony or do I spend most of my energies in the pursuit of status, power, wealth?
And as we say goodbye shortly to the Alleluia for the season of Advent, we take this opportunity to play one of the Sacred Space team's favourite hymns: the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, directed here by Andre Rieu:
Other reflections on this weeks gospel:
- SS102fm archive for Christ the King here and here
- Word on Fire
- English Domincans
- Sunday Reflections by Jesuits in India
- Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds and ends
Divine Office - Week 2
Saints of the Week
November 26th - Blessed Hugh Taylor
November 27th - St. Fergal, Bishop and Missionary
November 29th - St. Saturninus, Bishop
November 30th - St. Andrew, Apostle
December 1st - St. Edmund Campion, Martyr (First Saturday)