Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C, November 20, 2022


Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, asking him to remember us in his Kingdom. As we reflect on the kingship of Jesus Christ, we pray to learn what being ‘King’ means for Jesus.

The first reading describes the anointing of David as King of Israel. His people proclaim him as ‘one of us, who has led and shepherded them.

The Gospel describes the reactions of people to the crucifixion of Jesus. The thief who recognizes his poverty and wrongdoing and quietly asks Jesus to remember him demonstrates humility.

The psalm is one of rejoicing and praise as the people of God come to the house of the Lord to celebrate their freedom. In the second reading, St Paul speaks of the grace and joy that has come to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, in Christ, we gain our freedom by accepting Jesus’ forgiving our sins.

Today, let us pray to know from the depths of our hearts that we are loved and forgiven sinners, welcomed by God into the light of his glory and joy.

Joy and peace.