Reflection: Christ the King

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Ez.34:11-12, 15-17; Ps.22; 2nd Reading – 1Cor.15:20-26,28; Gospel – Mt.25:31-46]

“… YOU DID IT TO ME …”

Over the last few weeks we have been hearing about how important it is for a Christian to practice faith. Today, being the last Sunday of the Liturgical year, the readings, and especially the gospel, present us with the coronation of what practice, in faith, can lead to!

Jesus is speaking to his disciples. He is addressing people already acquainted with his teaching and therefore for them, this is a normal consequence of what he had already told them before. Jesus speaks about the Son of Man who comes in his glory and who takes his throne of glory, escorted by all the angels… Jesus is clear and specific about his kingdom.  His reign is a reign of glory and not as our own earthly reigns. Isn’t the “glory” what the angels sang when Jesus was born in Bethlehem? Isn’t this what Jesus answered Pilate about his reign (when Pilate asked Jesus if he is a King) that it is not of this world and if the need be, he would send his angels … Jesus also mentions all the nations assembled before him and he like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. At his birth, weren’t there wise men coming from afar to pay him homage… and with them weren’t there also shepherds who heard about his birth and came to visit him? This is the type of ’kingdom” Jesus is speaking about!

Jesus also mentions sheep and shepherds (a common subject often used in Jesus’ many teachings!)… Wasn’t Peter asked to take care of Jesus’ sheep when Peter recognised Jesus and proclaimed him as “the Lord, the Son of the living God”? Yes, Peter was asked to take care and to feed the sheep and the lambs… through the practice of Jesus words! This is how Jesus gave us the possibility to participate in his kingdom, starting here and now, in this world.  Jesus speaks about those who did something for others and those who did not. The first are called blessed by the Father, while the others are called cursed.

In the eyes of the Lord, are we part of the sheep, the blessed and considered as those on his right? Or are we part of the goats, the cursed and considered as those on his left? May the Christ the King open our eyes to be able to see the truth!

“Lord, you are the King of Glory. Give us the wisdom that we need to recognise you for who you are and in doing so, we may also recognise ourselves as well. Thank you Lord!”

 

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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