Christ The King

November 21, 2018

This week we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. It is the last Sunday before we begin the advent season.

In our church calendar this is the last Sunday of the year and a new year begins next weekend. In this weekend’s liturgy in the Gospel of John 18:33b-37 we read

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

that Pilate asked Jesus, “Are You the king of the Jews?” Later in the passage Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.” He also says, “…my kingdom is not here.” Pilate then said to Him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus replied, “You say I am a king.”

Who is Jesus? People, other than Christians, think of Jesus a great teacher, prophet, and miracle worker. Others see Him as a kind of folk hero, who was caught and killed because he was a rebel. But it is only Christians who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, who is God, Mary’s son, who through His death and resurrection takes away the sins of the world.

This weekend we celebrate the place Jesus has in our lives. He is Christ the King. Naturally we ask ourselves what that means. For me it means that I am no longer in charge of my life. Jesus is in charge of my life. It means that I am a sheep, while He is the shepherd. It means that Jesus is the center of my life. I no longer serve myself, but serve Him.

Who is the center of your life? Who do you serve? Who is the king of your life? Who is Jesus to you? These are important questions to ponder as we enter the season of Advent. In a few short weeks we will celebrate the birth of Jesus. Who is this child? Is He the king of your life? I invite you to ponder these questions, come to mass, pray, let Jesus speak to you.

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May He let his face shine upon you, and give you His peace.”

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