November 22, 2015: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Pilate said to Jesus,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, 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 I was 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: 33-37)
In today’s gospel, there is confusion among the people as to what it means to be king. The Romans saw a king as a political figure, a leader who took over nations, ruled the people and destroyed their enemies. Jesus, who is our king, came, not to rule over us, but to look after the needs of his people. He was only interested in doing the will of his father. He was a king of unconditional love and forgiveness. If we wish to follow him, we should strive to imitate the ways of Jesus, whose way is one of love, service, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness.
During this coming week, see how many opportunities you can find to imitate Jesus’ call to serve others. As you think about these situations and people you have served, include them in your prayers.