Solemnity of Christ the King

The God Who is There – Gospel in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King

There is good biblical evidence that God not only suffered in Christ, but that God in Christ suffers with his people still…It is wonderful that we may share in Christ’s sufferings; it is more wonderful still that he shares in ours. Truly his name is “Emmanuel,” “God with us.” Did Jesus not say that in ministering to the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the prisoner, we would be ministering to him, indicating that he had identified himself with all needy and suffering people?

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Remembrance and Worship – Second Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King

Remembrance and Worship – Second Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King

Isn’t that the heart of it all: Jesus loves us? And because he loves us he “has freed us from our sins by his blood”…John calls to mind the great honor he has given us by making us partners with him in the salvation of the world, for he has made us a “kingdom of priests”. We are not just forgiven, we are drafted and transformed into those who, like Christ, represent God to humankind and represent humankind to God.

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A Confident Future – First Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King

A Confident Future – First Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King

He will come again, he has promised, “on the clouds of heaven” to complete what he has begun. On that day all oppression shall cease:

“He will wipe away every tear from their eye and death will be no more. Neither shall there be crying, nor mourning, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”(Revelation 21)

We are confident of this because we have seen his love for us, his power, and his victory as he walked the earth and as he continues his work through the Holy Spirit today. Moreover, we are confident because we are convinced that he who promised is faithful.

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True Submission to the King – Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King

True Submission to the King – Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King

Divine worship then, recognition of Christ’s kingship and dominion over us, is not only carried out through our devotion in prayer, but by the acts of charity that come from our submission to him. It means answering that call to give to someone whom we may fear, or resent or even mistrust. Worship is choosing the sacrificial way that declares not only to yourself, but to your neighbor, that despite what the television may tell us, God is not dead, and he loves us all.

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The Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls – First Reading of the Solemnity of Christ the King

The Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls – First Reading of the Solemnity of Christ the King

Jesus is the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls. In him, in his living presence with us even now, all the affirmations of Psalm 23 become incarnate and are fulfilled. The Lord Jesus is our Shepherd and we shall not want. Jesus makes us lie down in green pastures and leads us beside still waters. Jesus restores our soul. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Jesus is with us, comforting us with his rod and staff. And, because of him, we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. This is no wishful thinking; it is the experience and sure hope of untold multitudes of those who, over the last two thousand years, have heard and recognized the Shepherd’s voice and followed Him.

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