Dn. 7:13-14 | Ps. 93:1-2, 5 | Rv. 1:5-8 | Jn. 18:33b -37
Today, the last Sunday of the Church Year and the beginning of the last week of the Church year, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It is fitting to talk about Christ as the King since we know Christ opened the gates to the Kingdom of Heaven to us. All the readings refer to Christ and His Kingdom in some manner. The prophet Daniel foretells that Christ will be served by all nations and people and that God’s dominion will be forever and will not be destroyed. The Book of Revelations reminds us that Christ is the faithful witness of God; and, as such, He has freed us from our sins. Jesus is the beginning and end of all things. He is the one who was and who is to come. John presents the story of Christ before Pilate who is interrogating Him. Pilate wants to know if Christ is a king. Jesus wants him to tell whether he received this information himself or through others. Jesus draws our attention to the truth. “Those who listen to the truth and act on it will be saved.” The important element for us it that we remember that the truth is what we are to be about. We need to refuse to accept the statements which are not true. If we understand Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will always be about the search for truth. We will not be about searching and accepting anything. Just as Jesus took the harder path because it was the way of truth, we need to remember that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is the Way to Eternal Life.
Spend time today visualizing your own life and death. If you were to die today, would you be able to be ready to receive Jesus with open arms? How do you need to change? How will you go about this task?