Christ the King, cycle C

"Rule over us!"

Luke 23:35-43

Today, the question lingers when every Catholic desires for this day when he and the King of Kings meet.  After all liturgies and expressions of faith, could we honestly admit our intimacy with Jesus, the King?

In the first reading, the Israelites admit, "You led Israel in the land of exploits... you are the man who shall be shepherd of my people, Israel."

The King is a loving shepherd; entrust ourselves and our families to the care of the great Shepherd.

In the gospel, the King is a redeemer who saves his people from their sins.  In our state of unfreedom, do we turn to the divine Master to rid us of our personal sins especially, greed and pride?

Finally, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Jesus as resurrected becomes the King with "a name above any other name."  He is ruler of Heaven and earth.  Do we see the world and ourselves already resurrected and this world freed or in our actions it would seem what we have already compromised good for evil or laxity?  Our mission calls us to always rise from this world's wounds and sins because Jesus already triumphed over death and sin.

Let our every thought, word and action reflect the resurrection of Jesus.