I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).
Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).
Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).
Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton
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Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
My Gospel Reflections for Sunday: November 23, Matthew 25:31-46. (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus: Christ the King)
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus, Christ the King. This is how we celebrate this solemnity in our parish. After the 5:30 pm anticipated Mass our Pastor will expose the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament for the Parish organization and the parishioners to adore. It will be exposed until the next early morning. Then, at exactly 4:30 am, the parish community will have a procession. The Priest will carry the monstrance with the Exposed Blessed Sacrament inside it. We will be accompanying Jesus by carrying a golden white cloth above the Blessed Sacrament. I think this serves as a symbol of respect and veneration for Christ our King.
In the gospel, Jesus created a narrative on how the King separated the sheep from the goats, the sheep was on His right and the goats were on His left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Christ kingship is already here and now and He resides in our hearts and minds once we emulate the actions of those on His right. When we feed those who are hungry and thirsty, welcomed a total stranger on our doorstep that badly needs our help, when we care for the sick regardless if we know them or not. When we visit those in prison, when we forgive those who have wronged us no matter how deep the wound that they have inflicted upon us. When we do all of these we embrace Jesus with our whole being and His kingdom is already within us. Sometimes we may wonder; why am I doing all these Good thing to my fellowmen? We are doing this for the simple reason that we have already allowed Jesus to reign within us.
Those on the Kings left (goats) have actually not committed any sin but they were simply insensitive to the plight of those who were hungry, those who were in need of their help, those who were sick, those who were in prison and those who were in need of their forgiveness. Those who are insensitive (this may include us) have not yet tasted that heavenly feeling of Christ Kingship.
The Kingdom of Christ is already here and now, some of us feel His Kingship deep in our bones, some of us are simply numb of His Kingship for we are insensitive…