November 26, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
What we celebrate on the Feast of Christ the King, is that Christ is ruler of all. The love and care that Jesus has for us is everlasting, and Christ has absolute power in the kingdom of God.
Listening to the Word of God
Read Daniel 7:13-14.
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel reading listen to Jesus tell us where he is king.
Read John 18:33-37.
• What question does Pilate ask Jesus?
The Old Testament reading today stresses the everlasting dominion of Christ. All glory and kingship was given to him so that all people, nations and languages would serve him. The kingship of Christ will never be destroyed.
In the gospel reading when Pilate asks Jesus if he is “King of the Jews,” Jesus answers, “My Kingdom does not belong to this world.” This confuses Pilate who is trying to find out the truth. In today’s gospel Jesus reveals the real truth, that his origin is divine. This reading has great significance because it testifies to the true identity and mission of Jesus.
Jesus has absolute power in the kingdom of God. Therefore, we can always count on Jesus to be there for us. We can turn all our troubles over to Jesus with confidence that our prayers are heard. The gospel reading today makes it clear that we can rely on the power of Christ’s love. And it also assures us that in the kingdom of God, Christ is ruler of all.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
[If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.]
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
The kingdom of God exists wherever God is present among us. In this sense the kingdom of God already exists in this world. However, the kingdom of God is not yet here in fullness. The saving action of Christ continues throughout the world until the reign of God is here in full.
In the kingdom of God every person is included. No one is excluded, except those who exclude themselves. People of every color and race are welcome and of value. The kingdom especially belongs to those who are poor and lowly.
• How can someone exclude himself or herself from the kingdom of God?
The Gospel in Life
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