Homily :: November 26, 2017
11/26/17: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Solemnity
11/26/17: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - Solemnity - Fr Dave Reeson
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11/26/17: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - Solemnity - Fr Pat Nields
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The passage from Ezekiel portrays God as the shepherd par excellence who will guard the people of Israel and save them from being lost. God will be the good shepherd tending the sheep, rescuing the scattered of the flock, bringing them to rest in good pastures in their own land. All will be made right in Israel when God is accepted and acknowledged as the shepherd.
The famous passage from Matthew’s Gospel of the last judgment scene was painted spectacularly by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. The “nations” will be divided into two groups: those who have done good deeds and those who have failed to do good deeds. The Christian tasks of feeding the hungry, offering hospitality to the homeless, clothing the naked, comforting the sick and visiting the imprisoned are listed, as is the reward for performing these actions. These activities are to be practiced by the Christians toward the poor and downtrodden of the world. If the “nations” fail to do these activities, they will go to eternal damnation, while the righteous will go off to eternal life.
The passage from First Corinthians offers a reflection on the power of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. It offers a step by step treatment of what will happen in the end times. At his coming, all the dead will be raised, then he will hand over all of the redeemed creation to his Father. During Christ’s reign, all enemies will be put down, while the righteous will be gathered up into communion with the Father.
By Dale J. Sieverding © 2008, OCP. All rights reserved.