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Pastor's Corner

Christ the King Solemnity

November 24, 2019

The image of the king should help us reflect on the idea of a kingdom. Today’s solemnity acknowledges that Jesus Christ is king; however, the readings chosen for the Mass present images that are far different from those of a king: the shepherd born of David’s lineage and the crucified Lord, whose death and resurrection redeemed the world. St. Paul’s magnificent hymn to the Colossians help us understand the true message of the solemnity. The apostle to the Gentiles proclaims in his letter that Christ has freed us from the power od darkness, and thus opened for all the kingdom of light. Indeed, during his ministry, Jesus preached about the coming of the kingdom of peace and justice that the Preface of this liturgy acclaims at the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer.

Jesus reaffirmed before Pilate that his kingdom was not of this world. We are very much aware that if we go up with joy to meet the Lord each day and at the end of our lives, we will participate in that light now as we hope to be welcomed by the King of Kings and Lord of history in eternity. Coordinators of the parish liturgical ministries should prepare this celebration with care, for it presents a unique paradox: the assembly’s joy in recognizing Christ as King, and the powerful content of the readings that describe his selfless surrender on the Cross. For this reason, the homily, the commentaries and the Prayers of the Faithful, among other elements, should communicate to the members of the assembly that each one already participates in the paradox through their commitment to the Lord, who welcomes us into his heart and offers us the opportunity to celebrate our rebirth in him through the Church.

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

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