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Christ the King of the Universe A Year

Sunday, November 22, 2020

“Christ the King of the Universe” is the title of today’s solemnity which ends a liturgical year. This solemnity emphasizes the truth that everything has its own source and goal in God. It is also valid to the world, after a falling down, which thanks to a salutary work of Jesus Christ, who died and resurrected, he enable the creation to come back to its own divine source. It is happening successively: “For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the first-fruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power.” Christ will reign this way and defeat all enemies; at the end will be conquered death. Jesus will subordinate this renovated creation to God the Father “so that God may be all in all.” It matches with logic of the reading from the Old Testament which notes that God will shepherd his flock and those scattered sheep he will gather together around himself. From the perspective of a salutary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we know that it was exactly the plan of God to move everything to the divine source by the offering of the Son of God; conquering all the obstacles and evil powers, and even death. However, the Gospel reminds us also that God redeemed us all not without ourselves, without our active participation. The parable of Christ, about gaining reward in God’s kingdom, tells us that this reward depends some way on our engagement in good works toward our neighbors, and especially those who are in need. It appears that God will recognize us for our sensibility toward others, to their misery, to strangers, to those in prison, to people who are thirsty, sick and naked. At the end times, when “the Son of Man comes in his glory”, although everyone was predestined to salvation, not all of them will experience it, because of a lack of sensibility toward others in need. For those last ones, it will be prepared an “eternal fire and punishment”, and for those first ones “eternal life” with God. Let’s remember this in many concrete moments of our life.