First Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm Response: Psalm 122:1-5
Second Reading: Colossians 1:12-20
Gospel: Luke 23: 35-43
Today is the feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the feast that bridges the last Sunday of the Church year and the first Sunday of the new church year – Advent.Jesus Christ, king of it all! Jesus Christ – KING! Foreshadowed by his ancestor David, who, as told in the book of Samuel, was anointed as king of all of Israel.
And as Paul tells us in his letter to the Colossians: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation. He is before all things and in him all things hold together. For in him all fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross.
What kind of king was Jesus? No regal robes, no noisy fanfare. He was proclaimed “King of the Jews” in a strange manner—on a plaque at the top of the cross on which he was put to death, proclaimed king by a dying “criminal”. Can you picture that man, hanging next to Jesus, looking at the face of the suffering Jesus and asking to remember him when he comes into his kingdom? Hear Jesus’ response, “This day you will be with me in Paradise.” Hear the love in Jesus’ voice and feel the relief in the thief’s body. Yes, Jesus is a gentle, forgiving king…King of the Universe. Try reflecting on the ways Jesus is present to you as king, as one of powerful love we cannot even imagine. How might you ask to be remembered by him? How do you answer this call to love as he loves?
Jesus, King of the Universe, hear us as we pray for your kingdom to come. Continue to show us your Kingdom of love and mercy, and strengthen us to be proclaimers of that Kingdom. May we bring your kingdom of love and compassion in our daily lives. Thank you for your Kingship! Amen.
Joan Laughlin, OSF