A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Servants of the King

Today’s readings for the Solemnity of Christ the King give us three different dimensions of Christ’s kingship.

The first reading (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17) and the Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 23) provide us with the dimension of Christ as loving, caring shepherd.

The second reading (1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28) gives us the powerful image of Christ as universal conqueror :

Then comes the end,
when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty
and every authority and power.

The Gospel (Matthew 25:31-46) ties all of these together – Christ as loving shepherd and Christ as universal ruler - showing Christ as the ruler and judge of all humanity – judging us by the love and care we show to each other.

Are you and I good servants of Christ the King?

(Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, be merciful to me - a sinner)