So Pilate said to him, “Then you are 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.”
Jesus says that he has come into the world to testify to the truth – the truth of who God is, of what God is like. When Jesus tells Pilate that “everyone who belongs to the truth” hears his voice, he implies that his kingship is that of the Good Shepherd (John 10). That statement recalls the role of the king of Israel as a shepherd, a shepherd whose voice the sheep cherish, the voice of a non-coercive leader who looks out first for the least and the lost.
The choice of this Gospel for the feast of Christ the King invites us to review the year’s liturgies, to recall what we have learned of the Lord and the truth about the kingdom we are invited to enjoy together. It reminds us that God’s reign is “not of this world” in the sense that it is neither territorial nor conventionally political. To participate in his reign, we need but hear and heed the voice of our Shepherd King. (Mary M. McGlone, Celebration)
The King we celebrate today is not like the kings we read about in history books. Christ our King came to serve. The power he had was not a power over, but a power for others. We honor Christ our King by imitating him. We imitate him by choosing the path of love over force in all our relationships. How does this truth of our King challenge us? What kind of changes does it ask of us in our relationship with others – personally and as a nation?
Tuesday, November 24th, we are having our Thanksgiving Mass beginning at 7:00 p.m. I am grateful for those who took a paper sack to bring food back to help feed the hungry. If you didn’t bring the food back this weekend, bring the food Tuesday night. If that doesn’t work, bring it another weekend. I hope you will take time this week to be mindful of what you are grateful for. It is good to share that gratitude with your family.
There is a flyer in the bulletin about a morning of reflection we are having on Saturday, December 5th. We will begin with a breakfast at 9:30. After breakfast Tom Turner and Maria Antonia from Bishop Sullivan Center will be leading us in a reflection called “Finding God in the Poor”. It will be a good way to spend a Saturday morning in Advent. We can easily get caught up in the busyness of this time of year. I encourage you to take some time to be reflective and to come to a deeper appreciation of God coming to us. Imagine Christ our King being found in the poor. It is another one of those truths that Christ speaks to us.
I pray that you have a wonderful thanksgiving. I am thankful to have the privilege of serving as your pastor.