Christ the King Treat from Rea McDonnell SSND
Celebration of Christ, our King November 20, 2016
In the United States we have just elected a man who promised to make our country great again, to cleanse it of all foreign bodies, and announced that he “alone can save us.” How appropriate then that less than three weeks later we celebrate this feast. It was created in 1939 as Hitler began his war of conquest and cleansing of the Aryan race. For those in the US whose candidate won, today’s gospel is a stark reminder of who is the real Lord and Leader (Fuehrer in German) of all nations. For those whose candidate lost, we are confronted with a bloodied, tortured King whom God would vindicate in three days. So we trust our God whose will is never torture or injustice. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Luke 23: 35-42 “The leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the anointed of God, God’s chosen one.’ The soldiers also mocked him,…saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’…The other criminal said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’”
“He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave…” and we dare to pray: “May we come to share the divinity of him who emptied himself to share our humanity” (offertory prayer at every Eucharist).
Gaze a while at your King on the cross, who is gazing at you. After you have contemplated him, listen (and it is always best to read it aloud) to John 19:15, when Pilate asks the crowd, “Shall I crucify your King?” and the mob shouts, “We have no king but Caesar!” You cry: “I have no king but____________.” If we think Hillary Clinton was hurt by the will of the people, how much more this sensitive servant of the sick, the disabled, Samaritans, and even a Syro-Phoenician woman begging on behalf of her daughter. How deeply and almost universally Jesus was rejected. Stay with his feelings for a while, asking him to let you, like his mother, “feel as he has felt, make your heart to glow and melt.” What was he feeling? Listen. Be with all the broken and rejected not just in the States, but around the world. That is the Body of our Christ, our King. Syrian mothers still beg Christ with boldness for their daughters and sons. Many who discriminate against another race or religion are too fearful of the stranger lying beaten on the roadside. Let us pray for one another. And let us pray with Pope Francis:
Enlighten those who have power and money that they may avoid the sin of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the weak and care for this world in which we live. The poor and the earth are crying out!
Let us pray to our Leader and Lord!
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