20 Nov 2010

21st November 2010 - Christ the Universal King

Hail Redeemer, King Divine,
Priest and Lamb the throne is thine,
King whose reign shall never cease,
Prince of ever lasting peace

Angels Saints and Nations sing
Praise be Jesus Christ our King
Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,
King of Love on Calvary.

This weeks show falls on the Solemnity of Christ the Universal King and John and Michael as usual explore and reflect on the gospel readings for the day. As well as our usual gospel reflection we also have an interview with Trocaire about their Global Gifts campaign as well as a quick review of the saints for the week, the Irish Catholic and EWTN.

Trocaire - Global Gifts Campaign.

This week we have an interview with Mary Sweeney from Trocaire, who is originally from Glin. Mary is currently Trocaire's Regional Liaison Officer for Central and West Africa based in Maynooth. She has been working in overseas aid for years and has lived in quite a few African countries. She speaks about how she got involved with Trocaire and her experiences overseas and goes on to introduce the Trocaire Global Gifts which he has also seen  in action in plenty of occasions.

"Think beyond the present"
Make Trocaire Global Gifts part of your Christmas Traditions and help change some one's future.

From decorating the tree to giving gifts that show you care, Christmas has always been a time for traditions with real meaning for you and your family.........When you buy a Global Gift, a family or community in the developing world will receive the gift you have purchased. You in turn will receive a beautiful illustrated gift card and certificate to pass on. Global Gifts offer hope, dignity and real change to those that receive them.

Some of the Global Gifts available this year include a solar lamp, olive trees, beehives, care for women and children..................
For further information go to Trocaires website or contact 1850 408 408

Christ the Universal King - Gospel Readings

This weeks feast celebrates the Kingship of Christ, the feast was erected at the end of the 1925 Holy Year by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primas where he sought to give due honour to the Divine Kingship of Christ. 

Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP noted,"The Church's year ends with the Feast of Christ the King. Jesus is portrayed as a triumphant king reigning over all creation. This is the same Jesus, son of Mary and son of God, who has preached the Good News and declared the imminence of God's kingdom. The obedient Son suffered and died for us, rose from the dead, ascended into glory and sent his Spirit so that we may have another comforter and someone to speak for us. Creation has been restored, and we have been saved from our sins and foolishness. The cycle is now complete. Although the enormousness of God's saving work has yet to impress itself on most people, nevertheless we believe that there will be a moment at the end of time when the Son will come again in all his glory, and creation will reach fulfillment. That is why we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, we rejoice in what Jesus has done for us, yet at the same time we look forward to its completion........".

Reflections can be read here, here, here, here and here.

Saints of the Week

November 22nd - St Cecilia, Patroness of musicians
November 23rd - St Columban, co-Patron of Europe or St Clement of Rome
November 25th - St Catherine of Alexandria or St Colman of Cloyne
November 26th - St Leonard of Porto Maurizio
November 27th - St Fergal, Bishop 

As always, thanks for listening.

John, Michael, Lorraine and Shane

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