Gospel Reading and Thoughts for November 24, 2013

Gospel Reading for November 24, 2013

Gospel – Luke 23:35-43

The rulers sneered at Jesus and said,
“He saved others, let him save himself
if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” christ the king
Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out,
“If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
Above him there was an inscription that read,
“This is the King of the Jews.”

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
“Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
“Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said,
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.”


The Feast of Christ the King!  Jesus has so many roles, so many definitions – savior, shepherd, victim, priest, fisherman, teacher…but today we get to celebrate Christ as our King!  A king is one who looks after his subjects, and makes decisions always in their best interest, even if it may be a sacrifice for him.  A king can be strict but benevolent, expecting much loyalty with great rewards.  And in Sunday’s gospel, he changes his crown of thorns into a Heavenly crown!  Christ as a king is something children can well relate to because of all the fairy tales about royalty, but we must remember that the glory and love of Christ is not a fairy tale but our Happily Ever After!

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