FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
JESUS CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE
21 NOVEMBER 2021
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.” (John 18: 33b-37)
How shall I live this Word?
We have reached the end of liturgical year B, during which, in the Sunday liturgy, we heard the Gospel according to Mark. Last Sunday, the proclamation of the Son of man (cf. Mk 13:26) made us happy, because this is our hope, our expectation, that the Lord Jesus may come in glory and come soon. Today the fourth Gospel makes us celebrate and deepen an aspect of this coming in glory, the Kingship of Jesus. He is in the Roman praetorium in Jerusalem, handed over by the leaders of the Jews and confesses to Pilate that He is “King of the Jews”. But be careful, in the fourth Gospel Jesus is a paradoxical King, a ‘reverse King’, because He does not hold worldly power, the glory of the kings of the earth; He does not boast of the applause of the people; He does not appear in a triumphal scenography. On the contrary, precisely in the nakedness of a man treated as forgotten even by God Himself, then tortured, scourged, crowned with thorns, He reveals himself as the only true King of the whole universe. He manifests Himself with a glory that no one can snatch from Him, the glory of those who love the world to the end (cf. Jn 13: 1), of those who know how to give their life for others (cf. Jn 15:13), remaining in love (cf. Jn 15: 9). “My kingdom is not from below”, the kingdom of Jesus is something totally different. Jesus puts before Pilate, and each one of us, the correct terms for evangelically interpreting the kingdom of heaven. “I was born and I have come for this, to bear witness to the truth. Whoever is of the truth, listens to my voice”, that is, puts the Gospel into practice and decides to follow Jesus, whoever chooses to be with him and learn from him. Anyone who wishes to live the gospel distances self from a lifestyle which imposes itself with all the means at its disposal, forcing everything and everyone into a selfish lifestyle. On the contrary, listening to the voice of One who is the true King of the universe means welcoming the style of service that Jesus proclaims, being bearers of life not of death, of peace, justice, and love.
At the end of this liturgical year we ask ourselves: What about us? Which side are we on? How is Jesus King of our life? Which Kingdom Are We Serving?
In my pause for contemplation I will repeat, Lord Jesus, help me to serve Your Kingdom of love, peace, and justice.
The Voice of Padre Pio
Do not anxiously look for God outside of yourself because He is inside you and with you.
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