Quotations:

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).

Preach the gospel at all times use words if necessary. - St. Francis of Asisi

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Forgive my many grammatical and punctuation mistakes :). - mjdasma

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King November 20: Matthew 25:31-46


My Reflections:
In 1925 by virtue of his encyclical letter Quas Primas Pope Pius XI mandated that every last Sunday of October is the Feast of Christ the King. This was done to impress upon us Christ's eternal authority over us it was also in response to the growing secularism at that time. In 1969 Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new date. Henceforth it is now celebrated every last Sunday of the liturgical year.
What is the significance of the Solemnity of Christ the King in our lives? It encourages us to make Jesus the center and King of our lives; it persuades us to make Jesus the priority of our lives. In other words before anything else it must be Jesus first in our lives.

But look at what is happening now; Jesus is not first in our lives; Jesus in fact is the least to some of us. We need no factual statistics to validate this; we just need to look at the attendance of Mass goers. We look at the spiralling crime rate, the corporate greed wherein the rich becomes richer and they further push down the poor to the gutter. Obviously the Kingship of Christ is nowhere in their hearts, the kingship of Jesus is slowly being eroded by the kingship of materialism and greed.

Will we allow this erosion of the Kingship of Jesus in favor of the kingship of the secular world? We must not allow this to happen! We who are followers of Christ must see to it that He is always part and parcel of our daily lives. We may not verbally preach Him but we must learn to preach Him through our daily lives. As Saint Francis of Asisi has said: “Preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary.”  This means that we must live the gospel in every moment of our lives by  doing so we will be perpetuating the kingship of Christ in this world. But this is seldom done now what is often preached now is greed, materialism, egotism and other forms of secularist teachings.

We are therefore being challenged by Jesus to help Him become more relevant in this present world. Now more than ever the world needs the Kingship of Jesus, His values and His teachings. Let us not run away from this responsibility that Jesus gives up, let us live His kingship, let us embrace it and let us share it.

Can we measure up to this challenge?   

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