Sri Lanka's Pallottine Family Celebrates Christ, Our King!
“LOVE, JUSTICE, AND PEACE: THIS IS THE KINGDOM OF WHICH JESUS IS KING, AND WHICH EXTENDS UNTIL THE END OF TIME. HISTORY TEACHES US THAT KINGDOMS FOUNDED ON THE POWER OF ARMS AND LIES ARE FRAGILE AND, SOONER OR LATER, COLLAPSE; BUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS FOUNDED ON LOVE AND IS ROOTED IN HEARTS.”
26 November • Kulakattu, Sri Lanka
“Learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Is 1:17); for then we will be advancing toward the Kingdom of God, where Jesus reigns as King. It’s His feast of Christ the King that we celebrated on Sunday, recalling that Christ came to us poor, exercising His power not in arms, but in love.
In the tiny village of Kulakattu, located in Northern Sri Lanka, the Pallottine parish of Christ the King celebrated its namesake, with a procession followed by a community meal after Holy Mass. It’s a periphery not only geographically, but also in faith: just 6.1% of the Sri Lankan population is Catholic, with the majority of its citizens being 70% Theravada Buddhists. Surrounding our mission- as one can see from the map- it is predominately Hindu.
But Jesus calls us to be radical: and we see this radicality through our missionaries Fr. John Paul and Fr. Lourduraj G. They left all that was known in their home country of India, to be at the service of where Jesus was wanted and needed. Together, they shepherd the the parish Church in Udaiyarkaddu- the Diocese of Jaffna- and 4 sub-stations; of which one is the mission featured today.
As we see the photos, let us recall Pope Francis’ words in his Sunday address to the faithful in St. Peter’s square:
”Jesus wants to make it understood that above political power there is another greater one, which is not obtained with human means. He came on earth to exercise this power, which is love, “bearing witness to the truth (v. 37). It’s about divine truth that in the end is the essential message of the Gospel: “God is love: 1 John 4:8).”