Domingo, 23 de noviembre de 2014

Catholic Calendar and Daily Meditation

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

Today is the last Sunday of the Church year, the Solemnity of Christ our King. The readings sum up what we need to remember the most about living as a Catholic Christian, and how God (who is also our judge), will measure our success or failure in living with God for all eternally.

First, how does God like to think of Himself? Of all His titles, He wants to be known as a "shepherd" who guides and lead us all to His kingdom. The first reading, from the prophet Ezekiel, reveals God's displeasure with the ancient leaders of Israel. "I Myself will look after and tend My sheep." Tenderly He will watch out for our every need "twenty-four seven!" "I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy or dark," He says. Further, this perfect Shepherd will seek out the lost, the injured, and the sick.

(No wonder our present Holy Father, Pope Francis, is so upset with clergy and laypeople, who think of their own comfort first and neglect to care for beggars and the crippled and the needy. He's upset when we don't think of them as equals, and as our brothers and sisters. What a King we have! How lovable and just!

The second reading, from St. Paul to the Corinthians, shows us how we are promised resurrection and a share in the treasures of heaven through the sufferings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. We could have no richer inheritance.

In the Gospel, we have all the guidelines spelled out for our "final exam." Jesus will say to us, "Inherit the kingdom prepared for you . . . for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, a stranger and you welcomed Me. . . ."

It all seems so simple. Anyone can share what they have, or take time out to visit a sick and lonely relative or acquaintance. If we welcome a stranger, then they can easily become our friend. All we have to do is to recognize Christ in everyone we meet.

What really great readings these are! How worthy they are to ponder over, to memorize and practice each day. If we do, we are promised Heaven in the company of the King Himself! Like the end of the Church year, it's the end of one journey and the beginning of the next!

Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )

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