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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe C
November 24, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

The Counter-Cultural Sovereign

To repress Christ’s title of king is to repress the earth-shaking revolution of his realm. The crucified king is also the secret key to Christ’s uniqueness. There is none other like him in the fables of human consciousness.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Second Adam

Though Jesus spoke of the “reign or kingdom of God,” he rejected the title of “king” and all attempts to “enthrone” him. What does today’s Gospel and its interpretation teach us about this culturally jarring feast of “Christ the King”?


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Bernard of Clairvaux

Oh that Jesus, out of the love he has for his people, may remember me, a sinner, when he comes into his kingdom!


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

The King on the Cross is as much an inviter as he was as he walked his whole life’s road up toward Jerusalem. “Take Me and receive me,” or “Take me and leave me” is the gesture of his life and love.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The kingship of Christ means that the eternal Son of God who became incarnate in Jesus is the “cosmocrator”—
the ruler of the universe.

The Church, his body, is the sphere in which that kingship, though still hidden, is acknowledged and proclaimed.