Christ the King
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31-46
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Feast of Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI on December 11, 1925. Today’s reading offers three significant messages:
(1) The criterion of judgment will be the mercy shown for the least of Jesus’ brothers and sisters.
(2) We are invited to recognize Christ’s presence in the poor and the suffering.
(3) Rejecting the poor and suffering means rejection of Jesus Himself
From this parable, Jesus opens our eyes to a truth we often overlook. How do we help the poor? Do we see the charity render to the poor as a kingly service? Do you see Christ the King in that prisoner? Do you see Christ the King in the sick, widow, orphan, mad person or the refugee around you? We must see Jesus in those we help, that we enable us to respect and honour the poor not minding their social status. The poor deserves our respects. At the end the King’s verdict will be: mercy for the merciful, but no mercy for the merciless.
Today, also coincides with our end of month 5-day fasting and prayers which starts tomorrow. We rejoice because Christ our King has taught us that prayer is the key which opens the way for all human endeavours. It is in the understanding of this, and to fortify our users with additional prayer materials that we embarked on the publication of a prayer booklet titled “ Amen: It Is Done ”. As we approach the end of the year therefore, DSD calls all users to a 5-day fasting program starting tomorrow 27th November to 1st December. By the grace of Christ, the King, we shall end well in grace and joy and not in sorrow in Jesus Name. Prayer should be the foundation of our lives. As a result, we have witnessed God’s miracle working power in the lives of many uses of DSD, we have seen God destroy the powers of witchcraft and demonic forces, thereby setting the oppressed free. We know that there are many more prayers to be answered so trust in His ability to make all things possible during this 5-day program. So we beckon on you not to despair rather persevere in prayers.
MASS: WHITEEzk34:11-12.15-17; Ps 23:1.2a.2b.3.5.6 (R.1); 1 Cor 15:20-26.28; Accl Mk 11:9b.10a; Matt 25:31-46THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE.
1. Take this prayer: “O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for You can do all things. Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbours’ souls and come to their rescue.
2. Ask the Lord for the grace to partake in the five days fasting program.
3. Take the General Prayer of Faith in Amen: It Is Done page 9,10 Exercise: Invite others to join you in the five-day fasting program.
Meditation: Mark 1:35