Service, Responsibility, and Sacrifice

11-24-2019Weekly Reflection

“The rulers sneered … the soldiers jeered … one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus.” Is this the King of the Jews, the King of the Universe? If it is so, perhaps his kingdom is not at all what we would expect! In his letter to the laity, St. John Paul II spoke about how Christians share in the kingly mission of Christ. First, “they exercise their kingship as Christians, above all in the spiritual combat in which they seek to overcome in themselves the kingdom of sin.” In other words, before we give any thought to transforming society, we must first allow God to transform us. Through daily prayer, regular self-examination, and frequent confession, we can recognize our faults more readily and choose love instead!

Second, St. John Paul II writes that the laity “make[s] a gift of themselves so as to serve, in justice and in charity, Jesus who is himself present in all his brothers and sisters, above all in the very least.” Christ’s kingship, and our own participation in it, is requires us to look beyond the privileged of society. It goes beyond networking and struggles of power. It goes with Jesus to the Cross!

Still, the kingship of Christ ought to effect society. “The lay faithful are called to restore to creation all its original value … ordering creation to the authentic well-being of humanity.” Jesus does this in a radical way through his death and resurrection. We, too, are invited to bring new life to the world around us. This means holding the world and everything in it as sacred. It means advocating for civil policies that respect life and paying special care to the vulnerable and marginalized in every stage of life. It means being disciples of Jesus, inviting people into authentic love so that one day we will together “be with [him] in Paradise!”

 ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

Hoy terminamos el Año Litúrgico del ciclo “C”. El próximo domingo será el primer Domingo de Adviento e iniciaremos el ciclo “A”. Durante el año que termina escuchamos el Evangelio de Lucas. Con el ciclo “A” se dará inicio al Evangelio de Mateo. Hoy celebramos la Solemnidad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo. “Digno es el Cordero degollado de recibir poder y riqueza, sabiduría y fuerza, honor, gloria y alabanza... Al que está sentado en el trono y al Cordero, la alabanza, el honor, la gloria y el poder por los siglos de los siglos.” (Apocalipsis 5:12-13). Por eso necesitamos que Cristo reine en nuestra inteligencia, en nuestra voluntad, en nuestro corazón y en nuestro cuerpo, como dijo el Papa Pío XII.

En la oración colectiva tendremos la oportunidad de meditar Sobre Jesús como Rey: “Dios todopoderoso y eterno, que quisiste fundamentar todas las cosas en tu Hijo muy amado, Rey del universo, concede, benigno, que toda la creación, liberada de la esclavitud del pecado, sirva a tu majestad y te alabe eternamente. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo que vive y reina por los siglos de siglos, Amén.” El Papa Francisco nos dice: “El Mesías de Dios, el Elegido, el Rey” (Lucas 23:35-37) se presenta sin poder y sin gloria; está en la cruz, donde parece más un vencido que un vencedor. Su realeza es paradójica: su trono es la cruz; su corona es de espinas; no tiene cetro, pero le ponen una caña en la mano; no viste suntuosamente, pero es privado de la túnica; no tiene anillos deslumbrantes en los dedos, sino sus manos están traspasadas por los clavos; no posee un tesoro, pero es vendido por treinta monedas.”

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