Alpha and Omega in the Holy Land

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

This weekend we celebrate the last Sunday of the Liturgical year in the  Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Christ who is both the first and last, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end of all things.  Whereas our finite minds cannot often fathom such a king over such immense things … our minds can be however awe inspired by visiting the mysteries of the places where such amazing power touched down on such a humble creation. 


For us Christians, that spot is known to us as the Holy Land -- the beginning and the end -- where God first set up his people, Israel. The beginning, the place where Jesus Christ was born; the end, the place where he was crucified and died. The beginning, the place where he conquered death in the resurrection; the end, the place where he ascended into heaven and one day will come to escort us to our end -- the heavenly Jerusalem. The beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega. 


This coming Summer 2020, I want to invite you to join the parish of St. Mary Magdalene on a pilgrimage to that very same Holy Land.  The beginning, July 19 … the end,  July 28. It will be a way for us to celebrate the bicentennial month of July 2020 that is the 200th anniversary month of the Diocese of Charleston.  It will also allow us to be in Magdala itself on the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene on July 22 and celebrate it in her own town.


July 2020 will mark the end of two centuries of official Catholicism in South Carolina and the beginning of a third one. July 2020 will mark the end of 33 years of our parish, and the beginning of countless more. If you are interested in joining with some of your parish family,  Fr. Ray and myself on a journey to these holy places, come to an informational meeting at 3 p.m. today (November 24) in the Quad. In such a year of beginnings and ends… don’t miss out!

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