John Preiss
Feast of Christ the King
Cycle A Year 2041
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23: 1-3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:-20-26, 28; Matthew 25: 31-46
King Jesus
This is the last Sunday of the Liturgical year and it is fitting that the Church closes it with a reminder of the Kingship of Jesus. Jesus became a man for love of us all and wishes all us to reign forever with Him in Paradise. We are reminded in today’s first reading that He is also the Good Shepherd who goes after the strayed sheep to bring them back into the fold. The injured He will bind up and heal but the sleek he will destroy: This is followed by the encouraging words of the Psalm. Jesus is the Good Shepherd for all those who wish to belong to His Kingdom: He is also Lord of all! He spreads a table before us where He feeds us with His own Body and Blood in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is a Shepherd who has laid down His life for His sheep, but He is also Lord of Lords and King of Kings, the Alpha and the Omega.

Paul tells in the second reading that just as through Adam all die, so in Jesus our King, all will be brought to life again. Whether we want it or not, we are all destined to live forever, either in the kingdom of Jesus or to be cast out into eternal darkness. The choice is ours to make while we still have a chance. Don’t let any past sins keep you from His loving embrace for He is seeking you for a restoration to His Kingdom. If our sins shall be scarlet they shall become whiter than snow. As far as they East is from the West, so shall our sins be taken from us if we repent to allow Him to heal us as we make a good confession and receive absolution from all sin: then the greatest sinners may become the greatest saints. Jesus our King will love us back into life so that we may reign with Him forever. The choice is ours to make. He wills it.

In the Gospel we are told, King Jesus will sit upon His Glorious throne and all the nations will be assembled before Him. Jesus will then separate the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left: the goats are those who didn’t recognize Him in this life because they will have met Him in a distressing disguise. Everyday King Jesus gives us ample opportunities to meet Him and discover Him in those we are not naturally drawn toward. It could be that beggar on the street corner holding up a card seeking food; the neighbor we can’t stand; the person who constantly causes us to be uncharitable, or the one who whose general appearance revolts us. Have you ever met such a person? It could have been Jesus who was testing us, and you and I flunked the test. Let us be on the look out for Him this week because if we miss recognizing Him we might miss entering the Kingdom of Jesus to be cast out among the goats where there will be darkness and gnashing of teeth. Remember Jesus is the Good Shepherd and a King who died for our sins. He wants us all to be with Him forever in Heaven where there will be no more suffering and no more sadness. King Jesus has provided us with a Church Community and given us a succession of Prime Ministers to govern it in the successors of St. Peter. He has told us what they have joined upon earth He will join in Heaven. Hear and obey the teachings of the Church and be assured of being among the sheep on His right on that final day of judgement.