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Solemnity of Christ, the King of the Universe

November 24, 2013

WE NEED A KING

Our readings take us from politics to theology to humanity.  Our first reading from Samuel establishes David as King; our second reading from Colossians speaks of Christ as the one who holds all things together; and our Gospel depicts the remarkably human exchange between Jesus as the thieves as they hang, side by side on the crosses.

We might begin our reflection today with two questions:  who or what is our king?  Who or what rules us?  But we can only answer this question if we first consider why we need a king?  (If we believe we need a king at all)  Do we not have within us the capacity to rule ourselves?  Do we really need other people to govern us?

At the heart of this solemnity is a particular humility – a humility that comes only when we recognize that we need a king; that we cannot successfully rule ourselves; that we are too susceptible to pride, greed, envy, lust and weakness.

But this lesson does not come easily. . .

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Solemnity of Christ the King (2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43).

 

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