Posted by: livingscripture | November 23, 2008

November 23, 2008 Solemnity of Christ the King

From the Word of the Day

 

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?  And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?  And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me. 

  (Matthew 25, 37-40)

 

How should we live this Word

 

Not now, but at the end of time, Jesus’ regality will be revealed in the fullness of God’s glory and to the total satisfaction of each one of us.  However, this final satisfaction of ours, this reception of ‘the kingdom prepared for us from the creation of the world’ is tied to one condition.  We must live the Kingdom here and now, in faith and in good works.  This is the whole point.  We must live the Kingdom in faith and in good works, believing vitally that the King, the Lord Jesus, is already in our midst but in a hidden way.

 

Precisely here lie the beauty and the attraction of the Christian adventure, in the Lord of the Universe.  He, for Whom all was made and without Whom nothing exists, wanted to assimilate Himself to the smallest, the weakest, the poorest of His sisters and brothers, to the point of taking on their likeness.  He has clearly told us that whatever we do in favor of them we substantially do to Him.

 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will let myself be touched by the climate of this beautiful feast of the King of the Universe that closes the liturgical year.  I will let my heart be grasped by the attraction of this King who ‘has so loved the world’, not only by giving His life for me, but also by declaring that He is one with the poorest, the loneliest, the smallest, the most in need of understanding, of affection, of help among those whom I know and who perhaps live with me in my home and in my community.  My King, hidden in my heart and in the lives of my sisters and brothers, and here beside me!

 

The Voice of St. John of the Cross, mystic

 

At the end of time we will be judged on love.


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