Sunday Gospel Reflection with Fr. Bill Grimm
- November 22, 2013
Thirty-Fourth or Last Sunday of the Year, Christ the King (C)Luke 23:35-43
35 The people stayed there watching. As for the leaders, they jeered at him with the words, 'He saved others, let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.'
36 The soldiers mocked him too, coming up to him, offering him vinegar,
37 and saying, 'If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.'
38 Above him there was an inscription: 'This is the King of the Jews'.
39 One of the criminals hanging there abused him: 'Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us as well.'
40 But the other spoke up and rebuked him. 'Have you no fear of God at all?' he said. 'You got the same sentence as he did,
41 but in our case we deserved it: we are paying for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.'
42 Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.'
43 He answered him, 'In truth I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.'
We Christians are courtiers of Christ the King, paying him our homage and allegiance. However, we sometimes forget whose subjects we are. We sometimes sit down.