Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The rulers sneered at Jesus and said,
"He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God."
Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." Above him there was an inscription that read,
"This is the King of the Jews."
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us."
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with Me in Paradise."
This Sunday was "Our Lord Jesus Christ the King". Jesus came as our King, the King of the Universe. He just did not do it the way people expected. The King made us and the King came to redeem us. This is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time on the Church calendar. We celebrate His kingship and then we begin our time of preparation for His coming--Advent. We start the Church year by looking forward to and celebrating the King's 'birthday'. What a great time of the year.