Today’s solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the crowning of the liturgical year, also marks the conclusion of the Year of Faith opened by Pope Benedict XVI, to whom our thoughts now turn with affection and gratitude for this gift which he has given us. By this providential initiative, he gave us an opportunity to rediscover the beauty of the journey of faith begun on the day of our Baptism, which made us children of God and brothers and sisters in the Church. A journey which has as its ultimate end our full encounter with God, and throughout which the Holy Spirit purifies us, lifts us up and sanctifies us, so that we may enter into the happiness for which our hearts long.
Pope Francis, November 23, 2013 Homily
So began our Holy Father this morning in Rome, reminding us of the journey we began a year ago with our beloved Benedict, Pope Emeritus now. I hope many of us have rediscovered the value and beauty of our faith this year. I know that I have. As Thanksgiving approaches, I deepen my sense of gratitude for this inestimable gift which has unquestionably lifted me up through all my days.
I am also grateful for the the people that I have been able to share my faith with this year as a result of the publication of my book. I know that it was no accident that this happened in the Year of Faith. God’s timing is always impeccable! Drawn by curiosity or empathy or just a lovely cover, Tim’s life and our family’s faith have opened a door for them to take a look inside.
As we sit around the dinner table on Thursday we will be bowing our heads to thank God for drawing us to Himself, so that at the end of our days we might find that “happiness for which our hearts long”, Jesus Christ our Sovereign King.