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Kommunicating Kerygma (ke·ryg·ma)

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus, Christ the King

November 26, 2017
Matthew 25:31-46

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The last Sunday of the Liturgical Year is always the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus, Christ the King. The gospels for last two Sundays have been preparing us for this text, which is an image of the end time when all will come before God. The parable of the ten virgins waiting for the arrival of the bridegroom encouraged the Christian community to remain vigilant. The parable of the master who gave his three servants talents to use while he was absent asks the Christian community to recognize that they have been richly blessed beyond their wildest dreams and to reflect on how they have used those blessings.

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Jesus could not be more direct than He is in todays Gospel Reading from St. Matthew. The reading opens with “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him’.” He goes on to make a direct reference to the Lord as a Good Shepherd (as in the First Reading from Ezekiel), and then the Lord goes on to say something similar to St. Paul in the Second Reading, which culminates with the statement “so that God may be all in all.”

Three days from the time of this Gospel Reading the Lord would be crucified, and He would indeed come “in His glory.” Perhaps the most poignant part of this particular Gospel is Jesus’ review and repeating of what are in effect the Corporal Works of Mercy: “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; a stranger and you welcomed me; naked and you clothed me; ill and you cared for me; in prison and you visited me.” That is how we truly recognize and participate in the Kingdom of God, by emulating what Jesus is talking about. Jesus lived in utter simplicity, almost poverty. He was rejected by all the great and mighty men of His world. Yet He would and does “sit on the throne of His glory,” and we acknowledge Him as our King.

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