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Feast of Christ The King

Background

Many humans were strayed and poisoned. Many humans were fast to forget, too. Their attentions were short liven, as always. Things were soon forgotten by many, left in the corner of their memory as fairy tales to be told as bedtime story. They started to live in a way and thinking as if God never exist.

Pope Pius XI sensed this danger. For every case of poisoning, an antidote is required. Therefore, in year 1925, he established the Feast of Christ the King, as the antidote for this ‘plague’. Originally, before the reform of the Roman Calendar in 1969, the feast was celebrated on the last Sunday of October.

Purpose

The feast was to set as a reminder or alarm clock the wake up the many, to proclaim to them seriously the Christ’s sovereignty over individuals, families, society, governments and nations.

Also, on this feast day, the church celebrates the final celebration in the liturgical year, after completed a circle of celebration; Jesus Christ’s life, death, Resurrection, and Ascension into glory. After this Sunday, the church will begin anew again in the First Sunday of Advent.

Values

The feast establishes two major values:

A. The Titles for Christ’s royalty over men:

Christ is God, the Creator of the universe and hence wields a supreme power over all things; “All things were created by Him”;

Christ is our Redeemer, He purchased us by His precious Blood, and made us His property and possession;

Christ is Head of the Church, “holding in all things the primacy”;

God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as His special possession and dominion.

B. The Quality of Christ’s Kingdom

This kingdom is supreme, extending not only to all people but also to their princes and kings;

This kingdom is universal, extending to all nations and to all places;

This kingdom is eternal, for “The Lord shall sit a King forever”;

This kingdom is spiritual, Christ’s “kingdom is not of this world”.

Things to do:

Traditionally there would be a procession for Christ the King on this feastday. The Blessed Sacrament would be carried and the procession would end with a prayer of consecration to Christ the King and Benediction.

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite the Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King. A plenary indulgence is granted, if it is recite publicly on the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ King:

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before you. We are yours, and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17

For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal (but the sleek and the strong I will destroy), shepherding them rightly. As for you, my sheep, says the Lord GOD, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.

Second Reading: First Corinthians 15:20-26, 28

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death, When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will (also) be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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November 23, 2008 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

A Rare Night

Tonight was one of those rare nights.

All the voices inside my heads suddenly went quiet. Everything just seems to be wrong. Wrong place, wrong time and wrong thing. Nothing longer caught my interest; even canceled my plan to catch a movie in cinema after dressed up. The feeling just completely numb. Probably that’s how a zombie feel, if they did ever exist.

After congratulating myself for creating a theory on how a zombie’s feeling should work, I turned to prepare the antidote for this numbness. Nothing complicated, just a careful selection of high quality music, preferable 320kbs, and with a reasonable quantity of treble and bass inside. Usually I’ll prefer one of those from Akon or Kanye West or Kings of Leon. Tonight I selected 17 by Kings of Leon.

Finally the voices came back into my head and I’m normal again. Great! Probably you can consider to apply this theory too, if one day zombies did ever really broke loose, just like those scenes in I Am Legend and Resident Evil.

Disclaimer: The author will not be responsible for any zombie attack if the theory failed to work. Probably you should try and error with Britney Spears or Celine Dion’s. Or Siti’s.

Warning: This theory does not apply to most political zombies in Boleh-Land. They are either simply too deaf or just bite with ISA.

Another Disclaimer: The events depicted in this page are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental.

November 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm 4 comments

DDR2 Ram

You are not going to believe this, but it happened.

My new computer just allergic to Apacer DDR2 Ram! Damn Taiwan made Apacer. It almost make me phobia towards blue colour, though it used to be my favourite colour. Yes, it was none but the infamous blue-screen-of-death. It just come whenever it pleased.

The sales representative (whom also happened to be the Executive Director of the shop, funny ain’t it? That’s what on his name card, though the whole shop only has 3 persons altogether. Another two should be chief accountant and sales manager, I guess) had since brought my computer back twice for diagnosis and repair but they never solved the problem (they should had employed a chief engineer!!).

Probably the computer was smart enough not to give problem in their presence, I guess. Or those morons just have no idea how to solve it. Nonetheless they told me they had reinstalled the OS and changed new Apacer Ram for me in the first repair. In the second repair, they told me they didn’t change the Apacer Ram last time, and this time they did REALLY changed the Ram. Now, I’m the moron here, or at least I sounds like.

Not wanting to grow phobia towards my favourite colour, and almost gone mad as well, I bought a Mushkin DDR2 Ram from somewhere else. That saved my day, but I ended up with extra, useless and unreliable Apacer DDR2 Ram.

Calling for exchange, over the phone, the Executive Director of the computer shop was kind enough agreed to change the useless Apacer Ram for Corsair Ram. When I was there last night, ready for the exchange, they pretended they had Alzheimer’s disease. I was required to pay a full price for the Corsair Ram (damn, it’s also Taiwan made. All their ram were cheap Taiwan products and anyhow that’s the most reliable brand among their stock) and they volunteered to sell out my Apacer Ram on my behalf, to fetch a better second hand value, they claimed.

So guess what happened?

I went berserk and gave each of them a black eye? Too bad, none of what you may have expected. I just too lazy to argue and without gave it a damn I trade in the useless Apacer for half price and pay for my new Taiwan Corsair. Anyway my computer seems to be okay with the Corsair. Maybe it thought it was Beluga Caviar originated from Caspian Sea instead of Corsiar from Taiwan. Haha!

November 21, 2008 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Twilight, The End

The last few chapters of the book was amazing indeed. It was written in such suspense that you were mesmerized to flip the pages with an escalating speed. It will catch you off guard with the romantic fantasy without notice until you had reached the big The End.

It will turn you into a vampire too, thirst to know the actual ending rather than the abrupt ending in this book. Few issues were not properly address, especially what happened to their enemy and whether the boy vampire is going to make his human girl friend a vampire as well.

Yes, just another foul play among those modern writers to make you suspense enough to keep on reading their second and third and so forth of their books. I liked it anyway. Similarly you will also be able to see the author’s effort to put all her first love experience into this book. Another name which I think appropriate for this book will be Dummy’s 101 Guide On Dating.

So what’s the moral of the story? Nothing but unlimited love for your loved one and selfless sacrifices for them. Wow wow wow, that’s too ironic with this ever increasing selfish world. Count yourself rare and lucky if you ever find such a lover. The last of such love I ever know happened about 2008 years ago, when He died on a tree for you and me whom we yet to know Him. So agony not if you yet to find your great lover, coz you are just lucky to born with one.

November 21, 2008 at 8:02 am 4 comments

Reading Twilight

Still in the midst of my literature journey with Twilight, a novel about a romantic love journey between a city girl and a handsome vampire boy. Just reached one third of the novel, and not in the hurry to finish it though.

The story was rather well manipulated by Stephenie Meyer that it is certainly going to remind the readers the feeling of being in their first love. Or perhaps, make the reader feel that they are still in one. Believe me, if you are going to read this novel, let the Twilight soundtracks run in the background. More feel, I will describe it.

Just can’t wait for the movie to arrive in cinema. Till then, I still have around good one and a half week to finish the rest of the chapters. Really do hope the movie will live up to the expectation.

Oh, my. A friend of mine had just started to nag on me. She suggested that I should read daily two chapters of Bible each in the morning and evening and blah blah blah when I told her I read novel more than Bible. Okay, okay, I will. Same to you too, folks out there.

November 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Humour – Indian Superman

It is not my custom to embed any kind of tube in my page, but somehow this is an exception…

November 19, 2008 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

Its Another BEAUTIFUL Day

What A BEAUTIFUL morning @ 6.35am.

It changed every seconds, 6.37am.

Thank God for His another beautiful day.

Wish you all a blessed and joyous day ahead!

November 18, 2008 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

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