November 26, 2006
Junior High Session
Opening Life Reflection
What we celebrate on the Feast of Christ the King, is that in the kingdom of God, Christ’s complete love and care for us has absolute power.
Listening to the Word of God
Read Daniel 7:13-14.
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel reading listen to Jesus tell us about the kingdom of God.
Read John 18:33-37.
• What does Pilate ask Jesus?
The Old Testament reading today in a prophetic reference to Christ stresses the everlasting dominion of Christ. All glory and kingship is given to him so that all people, nations and languages will 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. Then, 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. This is good news because as we grow and become more independent, it is important to accept that we can’t do everything on our own. Sometimes we need help. Today’s gospel makes clear that Jesus is always there for us. We can count on the power of Christ’s love. And the gospel reading also speaks to the truth 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.
• When are you most aware of the kingdom of God on earth?
The Gospel in Life
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