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The Solemnity of Christ the King

Colossians 3:17: Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we want all of our life to be lived out to your glory, a living testament of thanks to you for the grace you have given us in Jesus. While we do not always do this as well as we would like, we lovingly offer you our words, our actions, our heart and our mind to bring you glory by doing your will. Please, use Holy Spirit to remove the areas of self-deception from our life so that fault and insincerity will not rob our discipleship of its intended worship of your Majesty. In the name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (November 25, 2012)
Day: The Solemnity of Christ the King
First Reading: Dn 7:13-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm: 93:1, 1-2, 5
Second Reading: Rv 1:5-8
Gospel: John 18:33b-37
Lectionary: 161
Colour: White
Audio:
Scripture: John 18:33-37
33Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" 34Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?" 35Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?" 36Jesus answered, "My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world." 37Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Kingship today seems out of dated, especially in democratic countries where everyone is treated equal and free. God at first did not want to provide 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 found a kingship that would last for eternity. The Jews understood that the Messiah would come as king to institute God's reign for them. They wanted a king who would free them from oppression and from foreign control. As Jesus was dying on the cross, he was ridiculed for his claim to kingship. Nevertheless, he died not only as King of the Jews, but as King of the all world as well. His victory over the power of evil, Satan, and the world, was gifted through his death on the cross and his resurrection. Jesus exchange a throne of glory for a cross of disgrace to restore us from slavery to sin to glory with God as his accept sons and daughters. Many had high hopes that Jesus would be the Messiah king. Little did they appreciate what kind of kingship Jesus asserted to have. Jesus came to conquer hearts and souls for an enduring kingdom, rather than to overcome perishable lands and entitlements. Loving Infant Jesus, you are our King and there is no other. Be the Lord and Master of our heart, will, mind, and soul. May all that we do be pleasing to you and serve the best interests of our neighbor as well.


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