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Scripture Reflections - Nov. 20
Feast of Christ, King of the Universe


READINGS
Micah 5:1-4a
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

Today is a very significant day in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. It celebrates the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe. Next week, we begin the holy season of Advent. How fitting that this Thursday we will give thanks to God for all the blessings of the past year!

Today is a good day for us to make some adjustments to how we give allegiance in deeds to the one King of the Universe. He is the only one that deserves our total obedience and love.

The first reading today is from Samuel, the last judge of Israel, who ushered in the reign of Kings – first Saul and David, then their successors for another two hundred years. As the Israelites found out, kings are expensive to maintain.

It wasn’t until the Father sent His Son to live as a humble and poor man that we had a truly just and compassionate king, worthy of our total worship.

The second reading today shows Paul’s efforts to unite the first-generation Christians using a familiar hymn that is rich in describing Jesus as “the image of the invisible God… He is before all else that is… all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

In today’s world, there is not a king or ruler that matches the model we celebrate today – a King whose love is so great that He gives His life in the most humiliating death possible that all people may win salvation in His kingdom.

Yes, even the sign above his head proclaims that He is the King of the Jews. Two thieves hang with Him. In adoring Jesus, St. Dismas is the first canonized saint.

As we give thanks this week for our shepherd King, may we resolve to give Him every day our complete and total allegiance. Hail, Christ our King!

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