This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year; next Sunday will begin the season of Advent. In the Gospel below, we read of Jesus hanging on the cross, with the inscription above his head reading: “This is the King of the Jews.” We call Jesus our King, and we identify his as the one who died for our salvation and who offers us a share in his kingdom. Jesus’ reign as King is not one of power, but rather one of mercy. His cross was his throne. In the reading below, Jesus assures the Good Thief: “Amen I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” It is our sure hope as believers, that one day Jesus will also speak these words to us.
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, there are many opportunities for us, as parishioners, to reach out to others in need and to build up the kingdom of God among us. Monday is our Parish Thanksgiving Store. Thank you for your generous giving so that others may enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. May God bless you and your family as we prepare for Thanksgiving. May God’s blessings, grace, and peace fill your hearts.
Gospel - Luke 23: 35-43
The rulers sneered at Jesus and said,
"He saved others, let him save himself
if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God."
Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out,
"If you are King of the Jews, save yourself."
Above him there was an inscription that read,
"This is the King of the Jews."
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
"Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us."
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
"Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal."
Then he said,
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
He replied to him,
"Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise."