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Sunday Reflections: Christ the King

We can relate to Jesus as our master by being faithful stewards - of what he has given us - by being generous with what we have received

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Sunday Reflections: Christ the King

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

We also join with millions of young people from around the world at World Youth Day, a gathering of faith, hope and love.

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The readings for today invite us to reflect on the nature and mission of Christ as our shepherd, our king and our friend. They also challenge us to examine our own hearts and lives, and to respond to his call with faithfulness, obedience and service.

In Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17, God speaks to his people Israel as a shepherd who cares for his sheep. He promises to look after them, tend them, rescue them from every place where they were scattered, pasture them in green pastures and lead them beside still waters. He also declares that he will be their God and they will be his people. He says that he will make a covenant with them and never again abandon them or forsake them.

This passage reveals God's love for his people, his desire to restore them to their true identity as his chosen ones. It also shows us how we can relate to God as our shepherd: by trusting him, following him, listening to him and obeying him. It also challenges us to recognize ourselves as sheep who need God's guidance, protection and provision.

Sunday Reflections: Christ the King

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In 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28, Paul explains how Christ is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death. He says that when Christ appears again, he will transform our mortal bodies into immortal ones like his own. He says that we will all be raised up together with Christ at his coming. He also says that we should not be grieved by those who die in faith before us, but rather rejoice that they are part of God's family.

This passage reveals Christ's victory over death and sin, his promise of eternal life for those who believe in him. It also shows us how we can relate to Christ as our firstfruits: by sharing in his resurrection hope, by living in holiness and purity of heart. It also challenges us to live faithfully until we see him face to face.

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus tells a parable about a king who goes on a journey with his servants. He entrusts each servant with different amounts of money according to their ability. When he returns after a long time, he rewards each servant according to how they used what they were given. The faithful servants are praised for being trustworthy with what was entrusted to them; the wicked servants are condemned for being dishonest with what was entrusted to them.

Sunday Reflections: The Radiance of Wisdom

This passage reveals Jesus' authority as the King of kings and Lord of lords; his justice as the judge of all people; his mercy as the giver of grace; his reward as the giver of glory. It also shows us how we can relate to Jesus as our master: by being faithful stewards of what he has given us; by being generous with what we have received; by being humble before him; by being hopeful for what he has prepared for us.

Sunday Reflections: Christ the King

My dear brothers and sisters, today is a day to celebrate Christ's reign over all creation; today is a day to renew our commitment to follow him faithfully; today is a day to prepare ourselves for meeting him joyfully.

Let us ask ourselves how much we trust God as our shepherd who cares for us. It's important to reflect on whether we truly follow Jesus as our king who leads us. We do this remembering that loving Jesus as us friend who accompanies us means loving our neighbours.

Bryan

Person for people. Reader of writings. Writer of readings.

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