Christ the King

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Gospel Reflection for the feast of Christ the King – November 25th 2012

Full scripture for this Sunday  is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.


SCRIPTURE

Are you the king of the Jews?’ Pilate asked. Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others spoken to you about me?’ Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?’ Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. But my kingdom is not of this kind.’ ‘So you are a king then?; said Pilate. ‘It is you who say it’ answered Jesus. ‘Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.’
John 18:33-37

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

REFLECTION

Jesus couldn’t do much for the man on the cross…his own hands were nailed. He couldn’t take him off. But he gave him more than he could ask for. He gave him paradise. Where is God in our suffering? What sort of hope can we find this week in our country.  So many murders of family and children. The economic mess we have. What has God and the church to say? God in his love for his people, and the church with its social teachings – any message of hope?

Where is God?
God did not cause the recession nor the murders of last week. We may learn a lot through it and good may come later or now. Our suffering at the moment is of human making. Not our making but of some our leadership and bankers, mostly through greed. God  is with us suffering like he was with the thief. He didn’t cause the suffering of the man next cross to him. He is wanting our happiness and wanting justice and prosperity for all.

God is with us,
holding our hands, asking us to support each other. The church will offer a place and space to find the love of God and its social teaching will ask us to look for the common good in the future. Also a place where we can hear the church’s approach to our economic future and reminding all the time of the needs of the poor and the ordinary in education, medical care, housing and the ways in which the very old and the poor will suffer most in the situation which has been none of their doing.  We are the church and called on to make our voices heard for those who like the man on the next cross had little voice except to ask for help.

Lord, thy kingdom come

Donal Neary SJ

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