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OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2022


c1480 by German-born Early Netherlandish painter Hans Memling




A reading of the holy Gospel according to Lk 23:35-43


The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, "He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God." Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." Above him there was an inscription that read, "This is the King of the Jews." Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."



REFLECTION

"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."


In 2022 many don't believe in God. Man thinks he is above God. Radical ideas, euthanasia, abortion, cancellation, political imprisonment, satanism and crime prevail. There is a strong anti God sentiment


In 1925, Pope Pius XI faced the world leaders Benito Mussolini, Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler --dictatorship, communism and fascism. Hitler had written Mein Kampf. There was a wide spread anti Christian sentiment, a deep political movement against God. (1)


And it was in 1925 that Pope Pius XI declared the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of Ordinary Time. In his encyclical Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI states that this feast was created in direct response to what was happening in the world. He hoped that the Church would be reminded where authority truly is derived from. (1)


At Baptism we are sealed with the indelible spiritual mark of belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark. It is our gateway to the Holy Spirit. It brings about the birth of water and the Spirit, without which no one can enter the Kingdom of God. (2)


Like the King, whose seal with a signet ring on a document gives it authority over his subjects, Christ our King has all power and authority in Heaven and on earth.


He is, however, meek and humble of heart. His rule is to serve others, "for the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many". (Matthew 20:28)


We must persevere in good and bad times, remind ourselves of all He has done and how much He loves us. I pray that God will deepen my faith so that my heart will conform to His Will, seek His Kingdom and therefore live with Him.


The mission of PAPA is to "Go and make disciples of all nations; behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18,20)


May the Kingdom of Christ be a reality here on earth. May He reign in our minds, souls, hearts and bodies. "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."



Viva Cristo Rey!!

Long live Christ the King!!



God bless you



(2) Catechism of the Catholic Church, Baptism



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