Not a threat: Christ enables us to share in his kingship

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B:
Nov. 22, 2015

Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

In our Gospel reading, Pontius Pilate had a question for Jesus: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

It is the morning of Good Friday, and the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem have brought Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor, with the accusation that Jesus has claimed this title of king for himself. To Pilate, anyone who calls himself a king is fighting against the Roman government: declaring that he has rightful authority and not them, that others need to follow him and not them. In Pilate’s ears, the word “king” means a subversive rebel leader who must be stopped immediately. And Pilate asks: “Is that what you are? A king?” (more…)

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El valor de proclamar a Cristo como Rey y Señor

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Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, Año A:
23 Noviembre 2014

Ez 34, 11-12.15-17; Sal 22; 1 Cor 15, 20-26.28; Mt 25, 31-46 (more…)

The boldness of proclaiming Christ as King and Lord

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year A:
Nov. 23, 2014

Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Matt 25:31-46
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¿Qué tipo de Rey es nuestro Señor Jesús?

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Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, Año C:
24 Noviembre 2013

2 Sm 5, 1-3; Sal 121; Col 1, 12-20; Lc 23, 35-43 (more…)

This is the King we’ve been looking for!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C:
Nov. 24, 2013

2 Sam 5:1-3; Ps 122; Col 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43

In about the year 380 B.C., the Greek philosopher Plato wrote the work we know as “The Republic.” And in its opening, he explores a timeless question: we all want good human leaders who can teach us, govern us, guide us, in ways that will help us to grow and prosper, individually and collectively. But where will we find such leaders?

  • For, as we well know, Plato recognizes that so many rulers throughout history have seen their position as an opportunity to exploit the nation and its people for their own gain. That certainly isn’t the kind of ruler that we want!
  • But then, it can be hard to find someone with the right kind of knowledge and ability, who would be able to lead well. (more…)

What kind of king is Jesus?

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B: Nov. 25, 2012
Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

In our Gospel reading today, it is the morning of Good Friday. Jesus had been captured and questioned during the night by the Jewish authorities—but, because they are not authorized to carry out the death penalty, they have brought him to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, seeking his execution. And so we hear Pilate’s initial questioning of Jesus.

He begins by asking, “Are you the king of the Jews?” And do you notice that Jesus does not answer this question directly? Instead, he asks Pilate a question: “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?” Who is questioning, and who is being questioned, has been reversed. Now it is Jesus examining Pilate: his heart, his thoughts, his intentions, his identity. How ready is Pilate to accept Jesus as king? (more…)

Ascension of the Lord: Christ kicks it up a notch

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Ascension of the Lord, Year B: May 20, 2012
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20

On that first Good Friday, our Lord Jesus suffered, died upon the cross, and was buried. On the third day, that first Easter Sunday, he rose from the dead, his body transformed, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. For the next 40 days, he appeared often to his disciples, teaching them about the Kingdom of God. And then, as we heard in our first reading and our Gospel reading, he ascended into heaven.

Today we celebrate our Lord’s Ascension; and so, we might say, we celebrate his retirement. His work has been accomplished; his earthly life is done; and so it’s time to go back home and sit down and relax. It’s time to retire.

No! Christ’s Ascension was not retirement! (more…)

Cristo, el Rey que hemos esperado

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Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, Año A:
20 Noviembre 2011

Ez 34, 11-12.15-17; Sal 22; 1 Cor 15, 20-26.28; Mt 25, 31-46

Cada año, la Iglesia nos da la Solemnidad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, como el último domingo del año litúrgico. Y es conveniente, como escribió el Papa Pio XI (undécimo) cuando la instituyó en el año 1925, “pues así sucederá que los misterios de la vida de Cristo, conmemorados en el transcurso del año, terminen y reciban coronamiento en esta solemnidad.” (Quas primas, 31)

Y también, por instituir esta fiesta, esperó cambiar algo que estaba sucediendo en su tiempo—que mucha gente excluía a Cristo y su ley de la vida pública y la vida privada—que también pasa actualmente. (more…)

Deeper in love with His Majesty, our divine Spouse

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Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Year A: Nov. 20, 2011
Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Matt 25:31-46

For the Secular Discalced Carmelite (OCDS) Community of Frederick Md. at its semiannual Profession Mass.

Each year, the Church gives us this Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, as the final Sunday of the liturgical year. And this is fitting, Pope Pius XI wrote when he instituted it in 1925, because the feast thus “sets the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ already commemorated during the year.” (Quas primas, 29)

And, by establishing this feast, he hoped to reverse the trend of people excluding Christ and his law from both the public and private lives. (more…)

Christ the King: If these are the rules of life, then play the game to win!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Year A: Nov. 20, 2011
Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Matt 25:31-46

Think for a moment of some examples of competitive games that are based upon life itself.

  • You might think of the board game The Game of Life, in which you drive your little plastic car around the board, spinning the wheel and making choices about education, career, family, and retirement.
  • Or you might think of computer strategy games like Civilization or Age of Empires, in which, on a much larger scale, you guide the development of an entire society, making choices about farming, industry, the military, and cultural development.
  • Or you might think of any of the plethora of reality television shows (more…)