Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 25, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
As the days get shorter and darker, heralding the end of a most depressing year, we are reminded of T.S. Eliot's famous lines, "This is the way the world ends…not with a bang but a whimper!" In contrast, this Sunday marks the very end of the Church year with our celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King!
It's not about pomp and pageantry; it's about the reality of a heavenly King who has issued a firm invitation to eternal joy if we would but give Him our hearts. It's a reminder that earthly monarchs may fail and cause our world much sadness. But in reality, God is still in charge of this earth's final outcome. As an ancient hymn declares, "Christ conquers, Christ rules, Christ prevails!"
One of the best statements of our faith, and most consoling supports for our hope, is found in today's Second Reading which urges us to "give thanks to the Father . . . for He has delivered us from the powers of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins . . . and in Him all things hold together." He tells us to be steadfast!
In today's First Reading, we see the origins of the Kingdom of David who was chosen by the northern tribes for his outstanding qualities of leadership and ability to unify the Israelites. He was the shepherd king, the caring and forgiving king who prepared the way for the Messiah-King, Jesus, the Son of David and the Son of God. Jesus' kingdom is one of Peace and Love, a kingdom of Justice and Truth!
The Gospel narrates in detail the horrible insults hurled at Jesus by His enemies as He hung helplessly on the Cross. They came from the Romans who saw Him as a threat to imperial power. They came from Jewish religious leaders who feared that He would replace their authority. Their taunts and jeers have been repeated endlessly down the centuries by all who have refused Him the obedience of their minds and hearts.
Today's feast is a solemn call for every Christian to renew the total allegiance we owe our King. It is not a question of a one-time commitment. He demands our total attention and our whole energy—each day, each hour. By our faith, our prayers and our good works, we are called to bring the whole world under His loving power.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The Solemnity of Christ the King
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