SOLEMNITY of CHRIST the KING

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Gospel Bullet Points (Matthew 25:31-46)

  • Today is the last Sunday of the Church year, the Solemnity of Christ our King. The readings sum up what we need to remember about our King– How loving, compassionate, and just!
  • More than a king, Jesus wants to be known as a shepherd who guides and leads us all to His kingdom. The first reading, from the prophet Ezekiel, God tells his people: “I will look after and tend My sheep.” Tenderly He will watch out for our every need (Ez. 34:15-16). The responsorial psalm repeats the same image of the Lord as the Good Shepherd who lovingly cares for his sheep (Psalm 23). As a King, He does not use his authority to lord over His subjects.
  • In the Gospel, we have all the guidelines spelled out for our final encounter with the Lord: “. . . whatever you did for one of the least of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” In feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, visiting the sick and the imprisoned, clothing the naked, it is not the least of our brothers and sisters that we encounter, but rather Christ himself.
  • Recognize Christ, the King, in every person you meet daily in your life—especially the underprivileged and the least. As we recognize Jesus as King and not ourselves, we can let Jesus heal, forgive, and lead us to love others especially the least of our brothers and sisters. Alternatively, we can have no hope of healing and forgiveness, if we turn over the kingship of our lives to money, ambition, status, power, or some other worldly attachments but in the end, go off to eternal punishment.

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Fray Onz Antonio, OAR

Fray Onz Antonio, OAR

Priest/Religious of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.