Christ the King Reflection, by S. Marge Wissman

Reflection for November 25, 2012
Feast of Christ the King

First Reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-7
Second Reading: Revelation 1: 4b-8

Gospel: John 18: 33-37

 

Reflection
The Liturgical Year reaches its climax with a Sunday that in modern times has come to focus on the theme of the kingship of Christ.  A theme that is fraught with irony since the sovereignty of the Crucified One is exercised in ways that are totally foreign to the practices of human power-brokers and dictators.  In this Gospel of John where Jesus is on trial before Pilate, Jesus does not claim the compromising title of King.  Instead he says, “You say that I am a king.”  Jesus claims to wield authority only as witness to the truth.  And Jesus continues: “For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

 

Do we listen to Jesus’ voice and always speak the truth?
Speaking the truth may be challenging but it is not authoritarian;
Speaking the truth may not be easy but it is not speaking an untruth;
Speaking the truth will be of Jesus and not of self.
Speaking the truth is holy and powerful!

 

Marge Wissman, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg
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