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Solemnity of Christ the King

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 
Resp. Psalm Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 
2nd Reading: Colossians 1:12-20 
Gospel: Luke 23:35-43 

Long Live Christ the King! Viva Cristo Rey! What are the implications of Christ being our King? It means we are His royal subjects and that we must obey His commands if we choose to be part of His Kingdom and also enjoy the benefits. It is an open invitation. Obedience isn't easy especially since we all suffer from concupiscence due to Adam and Eve's Original Sin but it is possible. We always have access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The things that God asks of us are always possible to do. Easy, not always but possible. But if we only try to rely on our own selves or only on each other we will eventually fail. We must allow God to do His Will in us. 

Sometimes God has to bring us to our knees as He did to St Dismas the good thief. Knowing his life was ending St Dismas stood up for the Lord. He could have derided him like the other thief did and give in to despair. Hope is always there if we ask for it. In Heaven only Love will remain from the three theological virtues. No more hope will be needed because we will be with God and no more faith will be necessary because we will see Him face to face. 

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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