On Sunday, November 24, the Roman Catholic Church will close the international Year of Faith, which began on October 11, 2013, to remember the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
It's been quite a year. From the celebration of the landmark ecumenical council that re-proposed the Gospel in twentieth-century terms, to the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, to Pope Francis who has continued to surprise the world with his candor in speaking of God's joy and mercy, no one could have predicted the event of this year. And as they say to marathoners, whether from Chicago, Boston, or Des Moines, finish weak!
Hold on. It's true that is nothing like what we or they say to marathoners. Yet, look at the Gospel reading for the close of the Year of Faith. The Christ we worship is one who rules from the cross in utter weakness and poverty. Yet in this weakness, as Saint Paul writes, we find our strength. Christ poured out his life for all humanity. When
Check out the first issue of Preparing Worship, a new resource from the Worship Office. Share those responsible for preparing your parish's liturgies, and see how you can help your communities finish the year of faith: strength through Christ-like weakness, mercy, and love.