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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

November 20, 2016


Gospel: Lk 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 (1).” 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 (2) Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking (3) 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 (4), I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (5).
The difficult words
(1)The Christ of God means the Messiah, the anointed Son of God, who was promised to all the prophets as the Savior of the Jewish people.
(2)To revile means to attack with hateful words.
(3)To rebuke is to correct someone, or to tell them to stop what they are doing.
(4 Someone said "amen' when they wanted what they were about to say to be taken as a solemn promise. It was like saying “I swear”.
(5)Paradise means heaven.
This week’s spotlight
The Book of Genesis tells us that God put the first man and woman in a magnificent garden-the garden of Eden, or paradise. Because the man and the woman disobeyed God, they had to leave paradise. We also use the word paradise to designate another heaven, the kingdom of God. Jesus promised paradise to the good thief, and to us!
Christ the King
Today we celebrate Christ, the King of the universe. He is King, because he is God's beloved Son. He carried out the mission that his Father gave to him, and gave his life on the cross for love of us. His death was not defeat, but victory. The Father raised him up! The power of God's love is stronger than death. Jesus, therefore, is not a king to be feared. We are happy to be in his kingdom of love.
The reign of love
This Sunday’s feast is called “The Solemnity of Christ the King.” If Christ is king, what kind of king is he? Where is his kingdom? This Sunday’s Gospel doesn’t show us a royal throne. It shows us Jesus on the cross! Jesus is not a king of lands, riches, and armies. He is the King of Love. The cross shows us a love that is stronger than hate, stronger than suffering, stronger than evil and death. Today we celebrate a love that is greater than any power in the universe. We open our hearts to his power every time we make the sign of the cross. He does not force us to join his kingdom; he offers it as a gift.
Discussion questions

1.What do the soldiers say to Jesus while he hangs on the cross?
2.Where is Jesus’ kingdom?
3.Who asks Jesus if he can come into his kingdom?
4.How does Jesus answer the criminal?
Praying after Communion
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Thank you for sending Jesus to die and rise as the King of Love. May he always be King of my heart.
This week…
Make the sign of the cross
When you say your morning and evening prayers this week, be careful to make the sign of the cross properly and prayerfully. As you make it, remember the cross of Christ, the love of Jesus for you and for all.
Contemplate the cross in your prayer corner
When you go to your prayer corner, look at the cross on the wall and say out loud: "Thank you, Lord, for your immense love." If you do not have a cross, you can display the one you made for your box of marvels this summer.
Crossword Puzzle
Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm



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