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Sunday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 25, 2018

Sunday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Daniel 7:13-14

Psalm 93:1-2, 5

Revelation 1:5-8

Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?"  Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?"  Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.  What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.  But as it is, my kingdom is not here."  So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king.  For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."

 

 

Jesus the King of Truth and Love

 

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. This feast marks the end of the Church’s liturgical year. It gives us the message that can lead us to the End, the final goal of our life. What leads us to the End is the Truth that Jesus is. Satyameve Jayathe. Truth wins. In the Gospel we read the fascinating story of the trial of Jesus by Pilate. It is the story of the trial of truth. Pilate summoned Jesus and asks him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus makes it very clear to Pilate that he is not a political threat to him because his kingdom is not from this world. It doesn’t mean that Jesus’ kingdom is totally other-worldly. He doesn’t say that his kingdom is not in this world but from this world. The origin of His kingdom is from God. Therefore, it is based not on worldly values but oriented towards God who is Truth.


Jesus emptied his divine glory and came into this world in order to testify the truth.  Jesus told Pilate, “For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.” Jesus lived and witnessed to the truth in such a way that he identified himself with the truth. Messenger became the message. He said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Therefore, he claimed, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John14:6). Jesus is the way to the Father. He is the life that leads to eternal life. He is the truth. He became the way to the Father because he gave his life for the truth. What motivated him to sacrifice his life for the truth is love. The central theme in the synoptic gospel is the Kingdom of God whereas in the gospel of John it is the kingship of Jesus. The second reading, the book of Revelation, explains this kingship of Jesus. “Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.” ‘He loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood and made us to be a kingdom.’  It is in love that Jesus is truly King. He is love incarnate. “God so loved the world that he gave his son.” (Jn. 3:16). Jesus is the face of God.


The love of Jesus is based on his own experience of God: God is my Father and I am his child; not only I am but all human beings are the children of God; therefore, all are my brothers and sisters. Jesus loved everyone to the extent of giving his life for the liberation of entire humanity. In loving, he always takes the initiative. When the two disciples followed him along the river bank, Jesus turned and spoke to them first. He took initiative to speak to the Samaritan woman at the well which had tremendous consequences in her life and in the village. Zaccheus wanted only to see Jesus but Jesus went to his house which brought salvation to that house. Jesus’ love is spontaneous and realistic. It is quite natural to his life because he is love.


The love overflows from Jesus like the water overflows from a bottle and reaches out to the people with compassion. When he saw a funeral procession, his focus was not on the dead body but on the widow who was weeping behind the dead body. When he entered in the temple, he saw not the beauty and majesty of the temple but the poor widow putting a coin in the offering box. When saw a large crowd, he understood the pain of the people who were like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus was compassionate in his approach towards Zaccheus, woman caught in adultery, Samaritan woman, woman suffering from hemorrhage and towards the children. Blessed Mother Teresa says, “Compassion means your pain in my heart.”  Jesus took the pain of others on himself and became a true king of the people.


Those who belong to Jesus, to his Kingdom do not look at external factors like religious, cultural, economic or family but love overflows to everyone and see Jesus in everyone. They accept others as they are and love them. There is an incident spoken of in the life of Mother Teresa. Two sisters of Missionaries of Charity went for house visit. On their way they found an old lady on the road side. They brought her to the old age home in Kolkata. Since she looked so ugly and wearing shabby clothes, the sisters wanted to give her bath and change her cloths. They prepared everything to give her bath and brought the woman but she won’t allow giving her bath. She screamed. After two or three attempts, the sisters informed Mother Teresa. She told them that she would come and give her bath. The sisters were waiting to see what Mother Teresa would do. She went straightaway to the woman and embraced her.  After few moments she prepared to give her bath and the woman fully cooperated with her. The difference is: the sisters looked at externally and found her who needs to be cleaned externally. But Mother Teresa looked at the heart of woman and found her who needs love. She cared neither woman’s external look nor her dress. The compassionate love was so natural to the Mother.


There is no condition for Jesus’ love. His approach is: experience my love and you will be good. Human tendency is to put conditions in loving others: if you are good I will love you. We wait for the other person to love us first. We can love others first only if we have experienced God’s love. When Jesus becomes the king of our hearts, we love others as brothers and sisters, as children of God, as citizens of the Kingdom of God. Such love can really change people. To be truly loved can make all the difference in the world. That is the real miracle of Christ’s life. On this feast of Christ the King, let us take a resolution to make such miracle happen in our life and in the life of others. Let us accept Jesus as the king of our hearts, our families, our world so that we will be encouraged and strengthened to love others as Jesus loved and bring God’s kingdom in the midst of the people.


Fr. Davis Varayilan CMI


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