Posted by: livingscripture | November 22, 2015


From the Word of the Day

“His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away; his kingship shall not be destroyed.”     

(Daniel: 7: 14)

How should we live this WordJesus King

 Pope Francis spoke of power during the Church convention recently.  When preoccupation with what we are worth, what we can do to influence society, and how we are regarded by society becomes an obsession, then power has gone to our head and has shown its perverse side.  The problem tied to power is not only a question of supremacy, of ruling over others, of affirming and vindicating an acquired right but it also the exaltation of how much we are appreciated and recognized by others for our uniqueness and value, which distinguishes us and makes us important, even indispensable.  These are macro and micro temptations of power.

The power of Christ the King is designated by today’s Liturgy under the sign of humility, of selflessness, of beatitude.  The Lord, King of the universe, bends over humanity; places Himself at its feet, and serves the needy and their desires.  His power is service: intelligent, efficacious, indispensable, but always service.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will take Jesus as my model in rendering loving service to my family, my co-workers, my friends, and all those in need.

Lord, give Your Church, Bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and lay persons the right interpretation of the power of Christ the King.  It is a power that overcomes the desire to have a return; that has the humility to put its best competencies at the disposition of everyone; that has the Beatitude of the Gospel.

 The Voice of Pope Francis at the Church Convention of Florence

 We must not be obsessed with power even when power has the face of something useful and functional for the social image of the Church. 



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