Homilies and reflections for Sunday
Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17
1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28
Matthew 25: 31-45
This Sunday’s Reflection
When the Son of Man comes, all the nations will be gathered before him
The tableau in today’s gospel concludes Matthew’s collection of the teachings of Jesus concerning the End. Unique to Matthew’s gospel, it is a masterpiece. Strictly speaking, it is not a parable, but an allegory…
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Fr. Vincent Hawkswell
B.C. CATHOLIC (2020)
To understand the difference between our country here on earth and God’s kingdom, in which Christ is King, we must remember two facts: 1) that we are members of a fallen race, and 2) that we are merely passing through this world on our way to our true homeland. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they lost their internal harmony, for the control of their souls’ spiritual faculties over their bodies was shattered; their marital harmony, which was replaced by lust and domination; and their harmony with the rest of creation, which became alien and hostile. That is the humanity we inherit.
Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr
SINGLE HUMANITY (2017)
The kingdom of God does not come about by lobbying but by action of love and justice of every individual person. It’s not so much about the change of laws or political system but the transformation of one’s attitudes, values and way of acting. Where one acts charitably towards another one there the kingdom of God is taking shape…. Hence, this feast invites us to review our fundamental choice: who’s the master of my life? In other words, who influences my life? What values do I want to live by? When I affirm my loyalty of belonging to Christ I also commit myself to living as citizen of his kingdom –the kingdom of love. But the question is: what am I doing in my neighbourhood to manifest the presence of this Kingdom of love?
Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino
DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG (2020)
Our American society is suffering from extreme polarization: liberals vs conservatives, Republicans vs Democrats. Each side sees little good in the other side and little wrong in their side. Many people, including Catholics, are identifying themselves with political parties and political ideals. This is wrong. The Lord did not call us into a political party. He called us into the Kingdom of God. The way we need to identify ourselves is as authentic followers of Jesus Christ. When we do that, then we will find ourselves supporting various positions of each party because these positions best represent the one party we need to belong to, the party of Jesus Christ.
AMERICA MAGAZINE (2020)
Although this is an eschatological passage about future times, its purpose is to effect change in the present. The primary point is not to affirm Christ the King as the final judge but rather to affirm that Christ the King is present now among the poor, the immigrants, the sick and the imprisoned. The theological implications are massive and should not be minimized. Jesus proclaims that being a righteous person of faith means acting on behalf of those most in need, as Christ the King is with them. Living faithfully requires a commitment to serving and advocating for the most vulnerable in society, not dehumanizing, denigrating or disregarding them.
Fr. George Smiga
BUILDING ON THE WORD (2002)
There has always been a certain amount of fascination with courtroom dramas. Those of us who are old enough to remember the early days of television, can perhaps remember “Perry Mason”. Most of us today know of, and perhaps watch, shows such as “The Practice” and “Law and Order”. The best of these shows have a moment on which everything turns, a sentence which determines all else that follows. It is usually in the courtroom when a lawyer asks a particular question or a witness gives a particular response. Suddenly it becomes obvious who is guilty and who is innocent. In an instant we know the true nature of the characters. Perhaps, in honor of the leading television show, we should call this moment, “the Law and Order Moment.” For this is the moment when all the pieces fall into place, the sentence on which everything else depends,
Fr. George Smiga
BUILDING ON THE WORD (2008)
Today we conclude our liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King. Of course this feast is about Christ. But it’s not simply about who Christ is but also about what Christ does. We believe that through Christ, God brings about God’s Kingdom. So today’s feast is not simply about the King; it’s also about the Kingdom. What is the Kingdom? What is the Kingdom of God? We are always talking about the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God describes that time when God’s power and God’s will extend to everything, when, as Paul says in today’s second reading, “God is all in all.” When the Kingdom comes, everything that is will be as God wants it to be. Everything will be good and just and perfect. That is the Kingdom of God.
Fr. George Smiga
BUILDING ON THE WORD (2014)
Who is the least at school or at work? Jesus is asking us to do more than simply love our friends and care for those who everyone admires. Who is the person that people shun or ridicule, the person that they avoid or dismiss? That is the person that Jesus is asking us to care for and to visit. Who is the least in our country? It is not often that we will find those least in the middle class and socially responsible circles in which we live. We have to seek them out in the inner city, in a hunger center, at the borders of our country looking to come in and be a part of our society. We need to seek them out because these are the ones that Jesus wants us to care for and to welcome. We have to search around the margins of society so that we can stand in solidarity with those who others considered disposable.
Fr. Austin Fleming
A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS (2017)
Today’s feast and this gospel call us to acknowledge that
- the Lord is God – and we are not;
- that the Lord made us – and we are his creatures;
- that the Lord speaks the truth – and we are called to live it;
- that God knows more than we do even and especially when we act, as if we know more than God – and know better than God.
This feast on the church calendar poses a very basic question for believers: Who’s the Boss? God – or us? Who’s the Boss of us in our family lives? in our work lives? in our lives at school? in our parish life? in our community life? in our nation’s life?
Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ
SUNDAY WEB SITE (1997)
In all the ways that God has been revealed to high human consciousness, there has been one abiding theme: the dignity and value of the human person. The ancient Chinese may have been among the first to formulate it: never do to others what you would not have done to yourself. Archaic Babylonian law commanded that we show good will to others. The mighty Egyptians were told, “Terrorize not a human.” Buddha reached enlightenment only when he embarked on the life of compassion for others. And Jewish faith, parent of both Christianity and Islam, revealed the source of the truth: “Male and female God created them; in God’s own image were they created.”
A CATHOLIC MOMENT (2017)
People find themselves in some pretty dark places sometimes, where they can no longer feel God’s goodness in their lives. Sometimes it’s our own fault, due to the sins we have committed. Sometimes it’s not. Whether it’s our fault or not, God knows when we are hurting and His compassion knows no boundaries. That’s pretty much what Jesus said in today’s gospel too. Except he took it a step further and said that we need to be Christ for one another. It is kind of ironic that Jesus said we would be judged by whether we fed the hungry, give the thirsty a drink, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, visited the sick, and those in prison.
Fr. Thomas Hoisington
Catholic Diocese of Wichita (2020)
If a poll were taken this month asking, “Do you like the fact that it’s now getting dark in the late afternoon?”, most of us would quickly respond, “No!” Yet we know that the descent of darkness and diminishing days are a natural part of the year’s cycle. With Winter’s approach, the leaves on our trees are dying, animals need shelter, and the influence of the sun weakens. As the end of the year closes in upon us, part of us rebels. We don’t like the darkness, cold, and death that we experience. Yet we know that death is natural. Death is part of life.
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Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
We are thus judged not for the positions we hold in the community, our social status, academic records, wealth, heroic deeds, etc. Neither will we be judged by the number of prayers we say daily unless they lead us to greater love of God which in turn leads us to the service of the poor — “the least brothers of mine.” Rather, we will be judged for very simple acts…..
A wise man said, “The rains feed the river, the river feeds the trees along its banks, the trees produce fruits and feed people. Whom do people feed?”
One of the greatest signs of God’s presence is the Holy Eucharist. Our Lord gave us his own body and blood as true food and true drink to help us on the journey to his Kingdom. At the Eucharistic table, we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled Himself to share in our humanity. On this Solemnity of Christ the King, we give thanks and praise to God who offered his life on the altar of the cross and redeemed the human race by this one perfect sacrifice of peace.