November 22, 2009: 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Pilate said to Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?”…Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. …my kingdom is not here.” So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king. For this was I born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:33, 36-37)
Today is the end of the Christian year.
Unlike the calendar year (January 1st to December 31st), many of us end the Christian year, the Church Year or Liturgical Year, by celebrating Christ the King. This is appropriate since Jesus is our leader, our ruler. He is more important than any earthly president or king or ruler. We should respect our earthly rulers. But, we honor Christ Jesus as the Son of God.
In this dialogue with Pontius Pilate, Jesus says clearly he is not an earthly ruler. His kingdom is not here on earth. His “kingdom” has to do with truth. He was sent to earth to speak about and teach truth that is spiritual, that is of God. Actually, Jesus is the Truth, as He tells us in another Scripture passage.
Jesus is at the center of human history. He is at the center of creation. He is at the center of our lives. Take a few minutes today or sometime this week and think about Jesus at the center of your life. What does that mean to you? What could you do to show others that Jesus is at the center of your life?