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).

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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Friday, November 23, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday November 25, Solemnity of Christ the King, John 18:33b-37

Gospel:
Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?" Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here." 

So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. For 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 voice."
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My Reflections:
In a faraway place there was a king who was very well loved by his people, he opened the gates of his kingdom to everyone especially to the poor. He would also regularly go out of his beautiful palace bereft of the elegance of a king to regularly give help to his people.

In spite of his stature he was very humble and very down to earth, he mingled with everyone: The poor, the educated and the social outcast. He eventually became old and sickly then after a few months he died. There was an outpouring of support from his people and everyone mourned his passing. They had glowing tributes about his kindness, his humility and his selfless service to them.

Today is the solemnity of Christ the King. What is the kingship of Christ all about? It’s about humility, it’s about kindness and it’s about self-sacrifice. Jesus never abused His powerful Kingship He never used it for himself, He never used it to oppress or to bully and foremost of all His kingship was always for our welfare and never for himself.

What is the implication of Christ Kingship to us? It loudly tells us that we must at all times follow the kingship of Jesus. It loudly tells us that we must be humble at all times, we must serve others at all times and we must always be kind to everyone.

The world that we are in right now is in chaos because many political leaders and  some religious leaders follow the kingship of this world. If only they would learn to truly follow the true kingship of Christ, there would be no more hunger, no more oppression and no more corruption.

But the sad reality is many of us still choose to follow the temporal kingship of this world. We allow it to enslave us that is why we become arrogant and domineering caused by the temporal power or position of influence that we presently have. We embrace egotism, we flaunt our power so that others will respect or even bow to us.

Let us discard the worldly kingship for the heavenly kingship of Christ.  Let us always embrace His kingship of Humility, His kingship of kindness and His kingship of self-sacrifice. 

Which kingship do you embrace?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this article to fully understand the said Gospel more power and be a blessing to others!!

Marino J. Dasmarinas said...

You're welcome and God bless you!