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The Solemnity of Christ the King
Deuteronomy 7:13-14
Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33b-37
Are you the King of the Jews?
In the first reading in a vision the Son of Man is seen receiving dominion, glory
and kingship. The responsorial psalm proclaims the Lord is King and he is robed
in majesty. The second reading declares that the Lord is the Alpha and the
Omega. And the Gospel answers the question, ˈAre you the King of the Jewsˉ
When Jesus was questioned by Pilate as to whom he was, Jesus answered him
with the question: ˈDo you say this on your own or have others told you about
me?ˉ This is an interesting question to ponder for ourselves. Do we believe that
Jesus is a King or do we believe because someone has told us so?
Well most of us I suppose were told about Jesus in our catechism classes either
in a Catholic school or in some religious education class, but do we believe that
Jesus is King and then do we understand what his kingdom is about? For me I
have always accepted that Jesus established his Kingdom here on earth. As pro-
claimed in the gospel: ˈFor this I was born and for this I came into the world to
testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voiceˉ. But
what does this call me to do. To merely hear that Jesus is King and to acknowl-
edge this is just the beginning. As His subject what am I called upon to do to
serve the King.
In our world of today royalty and kings are not as prevalent as in the past, so to
think in terms of being a subject of a king is a little foreign to us, but none the
less we are indeed by our baptism and confirmation subjects in the Kingdom of
the Lord. But what kind of King is the Lord? We have learned that he came as a
servant leader and His kingdom is not of this world. So we are called to be citi-
zens of the Kingdom of God and to live in His kingdom which is based on right-