It is 20th November 2016. We celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Universal King. The last Sunday of the Ordinary time ends instilling in us hope to see the return of Christ, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords to defeat all the evil that torment us presently. Many people aspire to be a leader by all means even to the extent of cheating, looting, oppressing and instilling fear. But Jesus holds the kingship through suffering and dying on the Cross. Kingship of Jesus is not something ceremonial rather Jesus has the power to judge us and to promote us. A leader today must lead in all ways. Leader must be a person who not only shows the way but walks the way. True leadership is achieved through personal example. The moral integrity is the absolute necessity for gaining spiritual authority and to connect with the people to lead them to God. Even though Jesus refused to be called a king throughout His ministry, He confirmed that his kingdom does not belong to this world. “The kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (Luke. 17:21). This is the spiritual aspect of the Kingdom of God. We accept Jesus as the king of our spiritual existence. Jesus’ kingdom is enveloped in suffering and death, serving and sharing, and humility and integrity. The readings are from 2 Samuel 5:1-3; and the second reading from Colossians 1:12-20; and the Gospel from Luke 23:35-43. In the first reading, we read that the installation of David as a king and to remind us that Jesus was from the royal line of David. The responsorial Psalm sings, “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” (Ps.122:1). St. Paul invites us to be grateful to God for having introduced us to Christ through the Holy Spirit. We need to celebrate our citizenship in the kingdom of love, peace, and joy of Christ. The apostle offers a profound thanks to the Father for what Christ has done to our lives in forgiving our sins and made us the partakers of the everlasting kingdom of the complete happiness. Jesus is the image of the invisible God and the first born of all creation. God desired all perfection to be found in Jesus and all things to be reconciled through Jesus when He made peace by his death on the cross. The kingdom of God is all about service, sacrifice and love. The Gospel offers the reference twice to Jesus as the King of the Jews and two more references about Jesus as the Messiah. Here is the proof that a true king does not save himself at the expense and inconvenience of the people rather at his own cost of losing his life, he will save all people entrusted to Him. May God bless you to follow, worship, and to obey Jesus our Lord, King of the Universe. Have a good day.

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