November 22, 2009

Is Christ your King?

In today's Gospel reading (Jn 18:33b-37), Pilate asks Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?". Both Daniel (Dn 7:13-14), writing before the birth of Christ, and John (Rv 1:5-8) after, say yes. Christ is "ruler of the kings of the earth". His is an "everlasting dominion".

Jesus answers Pilate's question with a question: "Do you say this..?" In other words, do you say that I'm the king? St. Augustine tells us that "our Lord knew indeed both what He Himself asked, and what Pilate would answer; but He wished it to be written down n for our sakes." Why did Jesus want it written down? Perhaps the answer is because we'rebeing asked the same question.

So, do you say that Jesus is the king? You say it at Mass each Sunday, of course, but do you say it with your actions? Do you proclaim Christ the King with the other 167 hours of your week?

The Catechism tells us that " should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any earthly power, but only to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ..." (CCC 450) Today, find an area of your life where your loyalty has been given to an earthly power - a thing, place, or person - before and in opposition to God. At your job, are you asked to do something that pricks your conscience? Do you sit at dinner or in the lunch room with someone that verbally attacks the Faith? Do you watch a television program that constantly derides Jesus Christ?

Consider how you can change to give honor to God during your life outside of church. It can be difficult, even impossible, to shift our allegiance from an earthly power to God. In prayer today, ask God for the grace to help you do it!

"No one can say 'Jesus is Lord' except by the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor 12:3) Lord, give me the grace each day to proclaim that Jesus is Lord by my words and actions.
St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea: Gospel of John. Online at

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