Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

Mine is not a kingdom of this world.

The Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, is a celebration of the Kingdom of God, which Jesus inaugurated. The preface prayer of the Mass gives a description of what the Kingdom of God is. It is an eternal and universal kingdom: a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. When we reflect on the readings this week we do so searching our lives for those attributes which show that the Kingdom of God is among us.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants. His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire be destroyed.  (Daniel 7:14)

  • Is Jesus your sovereign, the Lord of your life?
  • When have you experienced the church being made up of all peoples, nations and languages?
  • What does the image of Jesus as king say to you?
  • What is the Lord saying to you about being his servant?

 

Monday.

The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed; the Lord has robed himself with might, he has girded himself with power. (Psalm 92:1)

  • How do you normally picture Jesus?
  • Imagine Jesus robed in majesty, might and power.
  • How does this image make you feel?
  • What is the Lord saying to you with this image of his majesty?

 

Tuesday.

Truly your decrees are to be trusted. Holiness is fitting for your house, O Lord, until the end of time. (Psalm 92:5)

  • Do you trust the Lord?
  • What does ‘holiness’ mean to you?
  • Are you holy?
  • What is the Lord saying to you about holiness?

 

Wednesday.

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God and Father. (Apocalypse 1:5)

  • Reflect on Jesus as the faithful witness.
  • Reflect on Jesus who has washed away your sins with his blood.
  • Reflect on Jesus who has made you a king and priest to serve God.
  • What is God saying to you about his Fatherhood?

 

Thursday.

Everyone will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the races of the earth will mourn over him. This is the truth. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (Apocalypse 1:8)

  • What do you think happened to those responsible for the death of Jesus?
  • What is the truth about you?
  • Reflect on ‘who is, who was and who is to come.’
  • What is God saying to you about being the beginning and ending of everything?

 

Friday

Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. But my kingdom is not of this kind.  (John 18:36)

  • What is the greatest cause of war in world history and why?
  • What would you be prepared to fight and die for?
  • Reflect on the Kingdom being one of justice, love and peace.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about the Kingdom.

 

Saturday

‘So you are a king then?’ said Pilate. ‘It is you who say it’ answered Jesus. ‘Yes I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice. (John 18:37)

  • Reflect on Jesus coming into the world to inaugurate the kingdom.
  • Are you always on the side of truth?
  • How do you listen to his voice?
  • What is the Lord saying to you now?
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