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This is the King of the Jews

Colossians 3:12: As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, we thank you for bringing me into your family. We may never let down you in the way we treat others. May they see in us the individuality of character that can be recognized only to your presence in our lives. To you be the glory and the honor, forever and ever, in the name of Infant Jesus my Lord. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (November 21, 2010)
The Solemnity of Christ the King
First Reading:  2 Sm 5:1-3
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Second Reading:  Col 1:12-20
Gospel:  Luke 23:35-43
  Meditation on Today's Gospel:
When Satan tempted Jesus during his forty day fast in the wilderness, he promised Jesus all the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 4:8-9). Jesus knew that the world was in Satan's supremacy. And this was specifically why Jesus came to defeat Satan's power and rulership above the earth. Jesus knew that the way to victory was through surrender to his Father's will and through the sacrificial gift of his life upon the cross for the sins of the world. As Jesus was dying on the cross, he was mocked for his claim to kingship. however, he died not only as King of the Jews, but as King of the nations as well. His conquest over the power of sin, Satan, and the world, was gifted through his death on the cross and his resurrection. Jesus exchanged a throne of glory for a cross of dishonor to restore us from slavery to sin and to glory with God as his adopted sons and daughters. In the Book of Revelations Jesus is called King of kings and Lord and lords (Rev. 19:16). Do we distinguish Jesus Christ as your King and Lord?
The kingdom which Jesus preached was the kingdom of his Father in heaven, a kingdom of merciful love with no royal trappings at all, a kingdom which had always been there but which now by Jesus we are beginning to distinguish for the first time. The kingdom of Jesus is condensed in the words of the Our Father forgive us as we forgive. No matter how many times we say this prayer, the meaning seems to remind us same love and teaching of forgiveness. We predict to be forgiven, but we don’t want to forgive most of the times.
Do we recognize that the Lord Jesus has been given full power and authority to rule over the earth as well as heaven? Jesus was crucified for his maintain to be the Messianic King who would rule not only over his people Israel but eventually over all the world as well. What is the meaning of Jesus' kingship for us? Kingship today seems old-fashioned, particularly in democratic societies where everyone is treated equal and free. God beginning itself did not want to give his people Israel a king. Why? Because God alone was their King and they needed no other. However, God relented and promised his people that through David's line he would institute a kingship that would last for infinity. The Jews understood that the Messiah would come as king to set up God's supremacy for them. They wanted a king who would free them from domination and from foreign tyranny. Many had high hopes that Jesus would be the Messianic sovereign. Little did they understand what kind of kingship Jesus claimed to have. Jesus came to overcome hearts and souls for an eternal kingdom, rather than to conquer perishable lands and entitlements.
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