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“Close your eyes, and imagine you are in Palestine.”
In his homily address to the student body at the 8 p.m. mass last Sunday, Fr. Simon Baker asks students to use their imaginations. “If you’ve had a long day, don’t do this!” he says, inciting a chuckle from the students, as he doesn’t want them to fall asleep through the meditation. “Close your eyes, and imagine you are in Palestine.”
Fr. Simon paints a picture for us to imagine ourselves gardening or drawing water at our home in Palestine, 2000 years ago. Then, we suddenly hear a crowd gathering outside our house gates, murmuring about a Rabbi. They are saying that he is coming to our town, that he will walk among us, cure our sick, teach us to pray … what do we do? Fr. Simon asks the students, “What is your response?”
“He is coming to us tonight … and he is coming to our town next week!”
November 20 is the Solemnity of Christ the King. A Eucharistic Procession is to be held following the 10 a.m. Mass that Sunday.
The procession will start at the Abbey Church and will have three stops, each representing a different value of Benedictine College. The first stop will be outside of St. Benedict’s Hall, to represent scholarship, the second will be at the new statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, representing faith, and the last stop will be outside of Guadalupe Hall, to represent community.
This special Mass and Eucharistic Procession is a unique demonstration of our Faith, and a call to discipleship—to follow the Lord in faith. Our Lord will process through campus, bringing His abundant graces and blessings with Him.
“He is coming to our town … I don’t care what you are doing, come out and follow Him!” Fr. Simon says, closing his homily with the invitation to us all to follow Our Lord.
The Gregorian Institute is Benedictine College’s initiative to promote Catholic identity in public life by equipping leaders (the Gregorian speech digest), training leaders (the Gregorian Fellows), defending the faith (the Memorare Army for Religious Freedom), and celebrating Catholic identity (the Catholic Hall of Fame).