Jesus Christ The King

On this weekend’s feast of Jesus Christ the King, we hear and learn from three different and wonderful readings. The first reading from Samuel (2 Samuel 5:1-3) talks about Jesus’ royal ancestor King David. In this short passage, David is appointed king of Israel by the elders of all the tribes of Israel. Although David became Israel’s greatest king, he was human like us and therefore imperfect. We’re reminded that God’s will can be accomplished through David and each of us – despite our imperfection. Reminders like this fill me with hope in today and the future.

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians (Colossians 1:12-20) he is filled with joy and thanks. Paul thanks God the father for Jesus who “has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light” and “is the image of the invisible God.” Because of Jesus, you and I will be “transferred to the kingdom of his beloved Son.” God, who up until this point has never been seen by humans has made himself visible in human form as Jesus.

What a gift God gave to us. He loved us so much that he sent us himself in the form of a human. Jesus told us first hand about his Father, his Father’s love for each of us and how to develop and maintain a relationship with God. We learned that by making a place for Jesus in the temple of our earthly body, we invite the divinity of Christ to live and dwell within us. You and I become walking, talking extensions of Jesus’ love each and every day and share that gift with everyone around us.

In this same passage the words “all things” are repeated five times as a reminder that everything comes from God.

For in him:

• were created all things in heaven and on earth

all things were created through him and for him

all things hold together

• we know that in all things he himself might be preeminent

• all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him

In summary, all of creation and salvation come from God through Jesus.

In Luke’s Gospel (Luke 23:35-43), Jesus is hanging on the cross being sneered at by the leaders and rulers. This reading reminds us that we have faith in the only king who not only rules over people, but who rules over death. Through our faith in Jesus, we’re promised to rise from our death and live in the splendor of everlasting life with God. With that belief, how can we allow worry and fear to infiltrate our minds?

Throughout Jesus adult life we know that it was very common for him to spend time with society’s outcasts – tax collectors, lepers, adulterers, etc. In his final moments prior to his death and resurrection, he again spends time and shows solidarity with outcasts – criminals. One thief jeers and challenges Jesus by saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The second thief has received and accepted the gift of faith and says to Jesus, “We have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

To those tremendous words of faith uttered by the second thief Jesus responds, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Pray for God’s grace so that you may receive tremendous faith in Jesus and that you will be filled with the fullness of God’s love all the days of your life. Listen to Jesus’ soft voice whispering in your ear, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Kingdom of God is within you

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