The Solemnity Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King Of The Universe


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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

November 25, 2018

Reading 1 DN 7:13-14

As the visions during the night continued, I saw
one like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
when he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm PS 93:1, 1-2, 5

R. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting you are, O LORD.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed;
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.

 

Reading 2RV 1:5-8

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
Yes. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God,
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”

Alleluia MK 11:9, 10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel JN 18:33B-37

Pilate said to Jesus,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

 

The Solemnity of Christ the King
[November 25, 2018]

John 18:33-37

“You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice (John 18:37).”

Our Liturgical Year ends with a drama of two kings: Pilate and Jesus. Pilate was representing the superpower nation in those times, the Roman Empire. So massive in its military domination and so ruthless in its conquests are Rome with her mighty legions. Kingdoms bent their knees in homage to Cesar, the king of kings. Pilate embodied this culture of intimidation and violence. He was a notoriously brutal leader, who stole from his subjects and executed people even without a trial. Surely, he thought of himself as the powerful ‘king’ of Jerusalem and anyone who stoodon his way, would be destroyed. 

We are constantly tempted to belong to this kingdom. A husband refuses to listen to his wife and forces his wills in the family through his physical superiority. Insecure with themselves, bigger and tougher guys bully the smaller and weaker kids in a school. Sadly, it takes place not only in school but almost everywhere: family, workplace, society and even cyberspace. The boss intimidates his employees. The government leaders violently suppress any critical voices no matter correct they may be. In the height of his dictatorship, Joseph Stalin bullied the Church saying, “How many division of tank does the Pope have?” Machiavelli, an Italian philosopher, evenonce concluded that the orderly society is built upon fear and violence

However, we have Jesus, the King. But, what kind of king he is? If He is a king, why does he never put on any royal crown, exceptthe crown of thorns forcefully embeddedon his head (Mat 27:29)? If He is a king, why does he have no imperial throneexcept the germ-plagued manger of Bethlehem and the ghastly wood of the cross(Luk 2:7 and Mark 15:30)? If He is a king, why does he control no formidablearmy, except the disbanded group of naïve followers: one of them sold him for30 pieces of silver, a price of a slave,another denied Him for three times and the rest ran for their lives? Is Jesus really a king? 

Reading our today’s Gospel closely, Jesus says that His kingdom is not of this world. This means that His kingdom does not conform to the standards of this world. It is not built upon military power, forceful domination, or bloody war. Thus, He is king with no golden crown, and his kingdom has no single army. Jesus further reveals that He comes to testify to the truth (John 18:37), and indeed, He is the TruthHimself (John 14:6). He is the king that rules the kingdom of truth, and his subjects are those listen and witness to the truth. His is the Kingdom that turns upside down the values of the earthly kingdom. It is not built upon deceit, coercion, or clever political maneuvers,but upon mercy, justice and honesty. It embodies the genuine love for others even the enemies, service to everyone especially to the poor, and true worshipof God.

At the end of the liturgical year, it is providential that the Church chooses this reading for us to contemplate. From the entire liturgical year, we come to the Churchand listen to the scriptural readings especially the Gospel. We listen to JesusHimself, and we are confronted with various aspects of this one Truth. Now, itis time for us to decide whether we become part of the kingdom of Pilate, or welisten to the Truth and follow Jesus.

Br. Valentinus Bayuhadi Ruseno, OP

Photo by Harry, SJ

Jesus knew what wud happen to Jerusalem & its pipol & the causes of d bad events to come. Stay close to Jesus. Do what he commands u to do. Sufferings & pains wud come, but obeying him makes us safe & sound.

What the wicked servant said to the king was used against him. The king condemned him for his own words. Be careful of ur action & words. They may be used against you. Say & do only what builds others up & makes a better you.

To pray persistently like the widow in the parable, wanting swift justice to be served, demands a strong faith. Whatever it is u are asking from God, just dnt giv up praying. His timing is perfect. Just wait in faith.

Pipol are always running in pursuit of many things, even in matters of faith: in haste of finding God, His presence or His answer 2 their prayers. Believe & stay calm. Live & promote the gospel values of life & love. There God is found.

Gratitude is an attitude. It does not come frm one’s nationality, religion, profession or education. It is an expression of appreciation 4 a favor or blessing received or evn anticipated. Say thank you 2day. Evriday.

Jesus wants us to watch out & be careful. He knows that committing sin is inevitable. But to cause others to sin is 4 him more woeful & terrible. Bring others to God & not to the devil.

How many lost souls hav we found & brought back 2 God? Have we exerted efforts, like a shepherd, 2 lead them back 2 Him? Is someone in ur family or circle of friends in need of guidance & direction? Dnt be indifferent. Do something.

Fr. Ramon T. Salibay, O.P.

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