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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5,
Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43

In the culture of the United States, the idea of a king is somewhat foreign to us. We’ve just experienced the elections, when we choose our government officials in the hope that they will represent us and do what we would have them do. A king is not elected. In ancient thought, a king was someone chosen by God himself, as is witnessed in that first reading from Samuel. A king, rather than being elected to represent the people, was appointed to lead the people, to teach them, to challenge them, to be their shepherd. The king, instead of doing the will of the people, made decisions to which the people were to give their allegiance. Sounds something like a dictatorship, and in certain cases, it was. We do have wonderful examples among the saints, like St. Louis of France and St. Wenceslaus, who were holy kings of their people.

Jesus Christ, of course, is the King of kings. But what does this mean for us? Do we treat him as our King, our Lord, our Master, and our Teacher? Is Jesus Christ Lord of our lives? I think so often I try everything in my power to get things to come out the way I want them. Making Jesus Lord of my life means giving everything over to him, my actions, my emotions, my thoughts, my will, everything, so that I do everything the way He wants. Then Jesus is my Lord and my God.

There is a simple action that is so meaningful. When we enter Church, are we aware of Jesus, our King and God, present in the tabernacle in the form of the Eucharist? The ancient recognition of our God’s presence is to genuflect. To genuflect means to bend the right knee to the floor, (or as far as we can if we have knee problems) to the Eucharistic presence of Christ in the tabernacle. Notice we only genuflect to the Eucharistic presence of Christ. That is because Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, and symbolically present in the altar, the priest, and the congregation. Therefore, we genuflect to the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but bow to the altar, priest and congregation.

This action of genuflecting to Jesus in the Eucharist has a biblical origin: Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess to the glory of God the father that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). Let us remember, as we enter the church to genuflect before Jesus Christ our King. Let us remember in our actions with others to confess with our tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord. Let us remember in our hearts and minds to live with Jesus Christ as our God.

List of all Reflections:

09/24/201426th Sunday in Ordinary Time
09/23/201425th Sunday in Ordinary Time
02/11/2014Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/29/2014Presentation of the Lord
01/22/2014Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/15/2014Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/09/2014The Baptism of the Lord
12/11/2013Third Sunday in Advent
10/30/2013October 6, 2013
10/23/2013October 27, 2013
10/16/2013October 20, 2013
10/09/2013October 13, 2013
09/23/2013September 29, 2013
08/21/2013August 25, 2013 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/31/2012November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/24/2012October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/17/2012October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
02/29/2012Second Sunday of Lent
01/18/2012Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
08/24/2010August 29th
08/17/2010August 22, 2010
08/12/2010Assumption of Mary
05/25/2009Pentecost The Birthday of the Church
05/29/2008Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/16/200629th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/13/200628th Sunday in Ordinary Time
06/28/2006Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/23/2006January 29th, 2006
01/16/2006January 22nd, 2006
01/09/2006January 15th, 2006
12/28/2005New Years Day
11/21/2005First Sunday of Advent
11/14/2005Solemnity of Christ the King
11/09/2005November 13, 2005
09/27/2005October 2, 2005
09/19/2005September 25, 2005
09/13/2005September 18, 2005
09/05/2005September 11, 2005
08/31/2005September 4, 2005
07/11/2005July 17, 2005
07/07/2005July 10, 2005
07/06/2005July 3, 2005
06/21/2005June 26, 2005
06/14/2005June 19th, 2005
05/23/2005Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
05/16/2005Holy Trinity Sunday
05/05/2005May 8, 2005
04/26/2005May 1st, 2005
04/18/2005Fifth Sunday of Easter
04/11/2005Fourth Sunday of Easter
04/06/2005Divine Mercy Sunday
04/05/2005Holy Thursday Homily
03/25/2005The Passion of John
03/14/2005PALM SUNDAY
02/28/2005Fourth Sunday of Lent
02/23/2005Third Sunday of Lent
02/14/2005Second Sunday of Lent
02/10/2005First Sunday of Lent
02/07/2005Ash Wednesday
01/31/2005Feb. 6, 2005
01/24/2005January 30th, 2005
01/17/2005January 23, 2005
01/10/2005January 16, 2005
01/05/2005January 9th, 2005
01/02/2005January 2, 2005
12/28/2004Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st
12/26/2004Feast of the Holy Family
12/13/2004Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 24: 1-6. Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.
12/06/2004Third Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. Psalm 146:6-10. James 5:7-10. Matthew 11:2-11.
12/01/2004Second Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10. Psalm 72, 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17. Romans 15:4-9. Matthew 3: 1-12
11/29/2004First Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9. Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.
11/22/2004The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King 2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5, Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43