READINGS for 2009-11-22
Solemnity of Christ the King
“… Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” – John 18:37
I’m not the greatest listener on the planet. In fact, I blush with embarrassment whenever a friend would thank me for listening patiently as she pours out her heart and soul. Don’t get me wrong — I do listen for the most part. Sometimes, I “tune out” especially when my mind is preoccupied with my own personal concerns or when I’ve heard the same problem replayed for the nth time or when there’s a lot of tasks vying for my attention. But I believe that with constant practice and God’s grace, I’ll become a better listener. That means listening actively with the goal of understanding, learning from, helping and supporting the one I am listening to.
I’m thankful that by God’s grace I’m still able to understand others in spite of my “halflistening” ears. Most of all, I’m thankful that He gives me the grace to listen to His voice speaking to me. It’s hard to explain but once you have a personal relationship with the Lord, you know it’s His voice when you hear it. It leads you to the truth.
I realized, though, that when I listen well to the Lord, I am the one being understood, taught, helped and supported by Him — not the other way around. He’s truly amazing, right?Dina Pecaña
“Nature has given us one tongue but two ears. That way we may hear twice as much as we speak.” (Epictetus)
Give me the grace, Father, to listen to Your voice more than my own. For Your words will always lead me to the truth.
Moses was the first of the great Prophets as he was able to look upon the Lord albeit only as he hid in the cleft of a rock as the Lord passed by. When Jesus comes in glory, we will all see Him as He truly is, in all His glory! It will be a day to remember but not nearly as memorable as the realization that the fulfillment of all the promises of God to His people is at hand. Let us pray for the coming of Jesus as this will mean the consummation of the Kingdom of God.
13 As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, 14 He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.
P S A L M
Psalm 93:1. 1-2. 5 (1a)
R: The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
1 The LORD is king, in splendor robed; robed is the LORD and girt about with strength. (R) And he has made the world firm, not to be moved. 2 Your throne stands firm from of old; from everlasting you are, O LORD. (R) 5 Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed holiness befits your house, O LORD, for length of days. (R)
We will stand with Jesus not just as His subject but truly with Him to reign over all Creation. This is humanity’s true destiny that is indicated in Adam being given the task of naming all the animals; that was short-circuited by the advent of sin in that we refused to place our lives, as glorious as they were, in submission to the Creator. Humility is the key to a holy life; without it we will ignore God and go our own way, and with it we will know the necessity of God and He will be our way.
5 Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever [and ever]. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”
Jesus knows His own identity; He knows that He is not just any old king but the King of Kings. Yet, He does not strike down the arrogance of Pilate. He knows also that He will be vindicated by His Father. Sometimes humility demands that we submit our lives to a time of suffering in order that righteousness would be made known. Let us pray that through the witness of our lives, righteousness will be manifest to the world, not for our glory but for the glory of God!
Pilate said to Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?” 35 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?” 36 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.” 37 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.”
t h i n k :Let us pray that through the witness of our lives, righteousness will be manifest to the world, not for our glory but for the glory of God!
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living undeR the king Of All
Independence is one of the big catch-cries of today’s age. If that means we should stand alone as self-sufficient individuals in the world and basically look after our own concerns and needs, then this is a fundamentally flawed vision for humanity. God is King of the Universe and today we celebrate that kingship by recognizing that apart from His rule, apart from relationship with Him, we will not be able to develop to the fullest.
People today do not like to think that we have to rely upon others for our own fulfillment, but it is the truth, something that every married couple ought to realize. Any striving for independence apart from God will not result in lasting success — it is only in relationship with God that we can both discover who we really are as individuals created by God in the first place, and reach the potential that lies latent in our being through our efforts guided by the grace of God.
Jesus stands before us as the perfect example of a man who is fulfilled precisely because of His relationship with others, namely the Father and the Spirit, in the Trinity. We are all offered the opportunity of relationship with the Trinity as the means by which we will come to the fullness of our potential as well. This means recognizing and living the truth that I do not stand apart from others but with them on a journey towards eternal life. This is a counter-cultural stand to take in western society today where the search for individualism has been made into the new quest for the Holy Grail. We must avoid the temptation to give ourselves over to such a quest as it will only end in disappointment; it is destined to fail from the start.
I know my words will not be heeded by probably the majority of the world, but then, truth has never been a matter of statistics. We know that Jesus is Lord of All and that truth is enough for me to know that I do not want to stand apart from Him. I want to live under His reign every moment of my life. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Are there areas of my life that I still have to submit to the lordship of Jesus? Why am I hesitating to place them under His rule?
Holy Spirit, help me to surrender every aspect of my life to Jesus and to allow Him to lead me in all that I do.
St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.
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