Posted by: livingscripture | November 20, 2011

Solemnity of Jesus Christ King of the Universe

From the Word of the Day 

“For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life.”

                              1 Corinthians: 15- 22                                                                                         

How should we live this Word

Today we celebrate Jesus, King of the Universe.  The Liturgy places before us the marvelous panorama of salvation which emphasizes the life of every person and the measureless mercy and justice of God.  In the first reading, Ezekiel reveals God as the good shepherd who personally concerns Himself with each lamb, binding up the injured, healing the sick, and pasturing them with justice.  He makes sure that nothing is lacking to the sheep for their well being.  He wants to have them with Him always. 

For this reason, He sent His Son, ‘since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man.’  (1 Cor. 15: 21)  Jesus offers everlasting life to everyone, but salvation is a personal choice.  The place of our existence is the world and it gives us the possibility of freely choosing God and Life or ego and eternal banishment from Him.  There is no middle way.  The road is narrow because God’s justice and human freedom come into play.  The Gospel indicates how we are to behave according to Jesus’ teaching.  We must love each other.  In Jesus, we are all brothers and sisters, children of the same Father.  

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will read the Gospel attentively, asking the Lord to open my eyes of faith to grasp the close ties between God and my sisters and brothers, between me and my neighbor.  My conscience will assist me to take concrete steps to know how to love others as a Christian. 

Lord Jesus, Your resurrection is the pledge of my own.  Help me to take seriously the transitory nature of life and the scene where I prepare myself for a future of happiness in which God will be all in all.  .

The voice of Thomas Keating, Cistercian Monk

Here we see Jesus die on the cross, crucified, rejected, cancelled, His life work seemingly futile.  What provokes an upsetting of values?  It is divine love expressed by Jesus in His promise to the good thief.  As soon as he opens up to divine love, the thief ceases to be a thief.  Jesus immediately makes Him a member of His Kingdom.  ‘Today you will be with me in Paradise.’


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