Thought for the Week

24 Nov 2017

Last Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

The King will reply, “I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for me!”   Matthew 25:40

This coming Sunday will be the Feast of Jesus Christ the Universal King and it marks the start of the last week of the Church Year.

Jesus is our King, but His kingdom and power is not of this world.  He rules and reigns over our hearts in love and gentleness and not by force.  He comes to us as a humble king who rode on the back of a donkey into Jerusalem and was crowned not with gold but with thorns.  Jesus had no throne on earth but He was lifted up to die on a Roman cross. If Jesus is truly our King, then how should we be behave if we are a part of His Kingdom?  If we are His loyal subjects, how should we be living our lives?

Our Gospel reading was taken from St Matthew Chapter 25:31-46 ‘The Final Judgement’ and gives us some clues as to how we should try to live if we truly belong to the Kingdom of God.

Some characteristics of the Kingdom of God are love, peace, justice and mercy.  As we choose to get closer to God, who is Love, then we live in His love and His love flows from His Divine Heart into ours.  The definition of holy love is that which we do for another, whether we know them personally or not, in an unselfish way and for their ultimate good and benefit whatever the cost.  Jesus proved His love for us by dying and rising for us. His Kingly love for the whole world cost Jesus His precious life.  Inspired by His unselfish and loving attitude we too, should reflect the Kingdom Values.

We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit those in prison.  This can seem to be an impossible task – we may not know anyone who is sick or in prison.  The important thing is that we are to open our eyes to the needs of all those whom we come into contact with every day – those whom we live and work with, others around us who may come and ask us for help.  It is within our power as individuals to help that person right there, at that moment.  Are we willing to help or do we turn away and say to ourselves it’s up to someone else to help?

This week, let us ask the Lord to open our eyes to the needs of those around us and show us how we can help and care for them.  What could we do to help someone whom we know is in need this week?  For whatever we do for another person, we are doing that to Jesus.

Almighty and merciful God, you break the power of evil and make all things new in your Son Jesus Christ, the King of the universe. May all in heaven and earth acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you.   We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. 

Prayer taken from www.ewtn.com/devotionals/novena/christking.htm