Pastors Desk: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe / C

Posted 19th November 2016 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 20th November 2016 - Feast of Christ the King / C

christ-the-king1You may be familiar with the Taize chant which contains the words:
“Jesus remember me when you come into your Kingdom”

These are the words of what is known as the penitent thief from this Sunday’s Gospel. And the reply that Jesus gives to this man, who must have had his challenges and struggles in life, is one that we would all like to hear as well when our time comes:
“Indeed, I promise you today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Feast of Christ the King is the last Sunday in the Liturgical year. Next week is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the new church year. This feast was instituted on its current date as a Solemnity by Blessed Paul VI in 1969.

In all four Gospels Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus is indeed a King is this story but, from a human point of view, is a very unusual King. He rules from the cross and his gifts to us are forgiveness, mercy and eternal life. The crown that Christ wears is a crown of thorns.

Jesus says in Chapter 18 of St John’s Gospel:
‘Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.”
But the kind of Kingship that he is talking about is very different to what we might regard as a brash regal figure with great powers ruling over a large territory.

In Luke 17:21 ” Jesus tells us that “The kingdom of God is among you”. So, as we come to the end this Church year let us reflect on the presence of Jesus in our lives, what direction they are taking and how we can become more in tune with what Jesus may be asking of us as we approach the Season of Advent next Sunday.

Deacon Gerard

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