St. Stephen
Catholic
Church
Walnut Creek, CA

Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am
Mon - Fri: 7:30 am ( Rm 1 Chapel)
Holy Days: 7:30 am, 7:00 pm
Reconciliation: Sat. 4:30 pm

A message from our parochial administrator, Fr. Paulson Mundanmani:

Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King.  Happy Feast to all of you.  Jesus is our King.  What is amazing is that for Jesus, Kingship or leadership is about sacrifice, not earthly authority.  Jesus never exhibited royal traits, in the earthly sense.  “His strategic vision was not a plan of invasion but rather the conquest of death itself.  His tactics, shared in his Gospel preaching, were generosity, forgiveness, care for the poor, healing the sick and calling sinners to repentance.  His overall doctrine was love.” (Michael Simone)

It is fascinating that as we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, our own nation is engaged in the process of impeachment of our President.  Those of you who join me for weekday masses, know that I pray for our President and congress every day.  And my prayer always centers on our leaders doing what is right for our nation especially for the most vulnerable in our midst, that they be people of integrity.  These days I pray as I watch news that truth may triumph, and that our people may converge around what is true, what is beautiful and what unites.

In his conversation with Pilate, Jesus declared himself as the King.  He said, “You say that I am a King.  For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.  Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Jesus equates his Kingship with truth.  Later on, He will say that He is the truth.  Pilate beheld the truth in that moment, but he did not have eyes to see nor ears to hear the truth crying out to him.  He will ultimately exchange his soul for what was politically expedient for him, and would condemn Jesus to be crucified.  He knew Jesus was innocent and still sent Him to death.

Timothy Leary coined the phrase “Reality Tunnel” which basically means that truth is in the eye of the beholder.  It does not mean that there is no objective reality, but that all reality is being interpreted through our senses, conditioning, belief system and personality types.  Anais Nin stated it correctly, “We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” In a polarized society, where we see everything through political lens or bias including faith and religion, it is a challenge for many of us to confront the truth of what is going on in Washington DC.  We are the modern-day version of Pilate.  Something is true because it is politically expedient.  And we will respond to the current political realities probably in the same way as Pilate.  And that would be our worst sin, because as Christians we are called to witness to truth in the midst of lies and distortions that abound.  And worst still, if we serve falsehood by lies and distortions.

Hannah Arendt wrote, “No one has ever doubted that truth and politics are on rather bad terms with each other, and no one, as far as I know, has ever counted truthfulness among political virtues.” Serving the God of Truth requires purposeful choices.  A deep commitment to honesty and integrity is necessary if you wish to make a positive change in our nation.  May we like Joshua declare, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” – of Truth.

Fr. Paulson

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