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Sunday Reflection – 24 November – ‘He is in the hands of sinners once more’

Sunday Reflection – 24 November – The Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year C

He is in the hands of sinners once more

St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

He took bread and blessed and made it His Body.   He took wine and gave thanks and made it His Blood and He gave His priests the power to do what He had done. Henceforth, He is in the hands of sinners once more.   Frail, ignorant, sinful man, by the sacerdotal power given to him, compels the presence of the Highest;  he lays Him up in a small Tabernacle;  he dispenses Him to a sinful people.   Those who are only just now, cleansed from mortal sin, open their lips for Him;  those who are soon to return to mortal sin, receive Him into their breasts;  those who are polluted with vanity and selfishness and ambition and pride, presume to make Him their Guest;  the frivolous, the tepid, the worldly-minded, fear not to welcome Him.
Alas!  Alas!  even those who wish to be more in earnest, entertain Him with cold and wandering thoughts and quench that Love which would inflame them with It’s own fire, did they but open to It!   Such are the best of us and then for the worst?   What shall we of sacrilege?   of His reception to hearts polluted with mortal, unforsaken sin? of those further nameless profanations, which from time to time occur, when unbelief dares to present itself at the holy Altar and blasphemously gains possession of Him? ….he is in the hands of sinners once more st john henry newman sun ref christ the king.jpg
I place myself in the presence of Him, in whose Incarnate Presence I am, before I place myself there!
I adore Thee, O my Saviour, present here as God and man, in soul and body, in true flesh and blood.
I acknowledge and confess, that I kneel before that Sacred Humanity, which was conceived in Mary’s womb and lay in Mary’s bosom;  which grew up to man’s estate and by the Sea of Galilee, called the Twelve, wrought miracles and spoke words of wisdom and peace;  which in due season hung on the Cross, lay in the tomb, rose from the dead and now reigns in heaven.
I praise and bless and give myself wholly to Him, who is the true Bread of my soul and my everlasting joy.   Amen.i place myself in the presence of him - st john henry newman 24 nov 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 24 November – He shook all creation, split the rocks

One Minute Reflection – 24 November – The Solemnity of Christ the King, Year C – Gospel:  Luke 23:35–43

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” … Luke 23:42

REFLECTION – “Today paradise, closed for thousands of years, is opened to us.   On this day, at this very hour, God brings the brigand into it.   Thus He fulfils two wonders – He opens up paradise to us and causes a thief to enter in.   Today God has given us back our former homeland, today He has brought us into the city of our ancestors, today He has opened up a home to be shared by all humanity.   “This day,” He says, “you will be with me in paradise.”  What are You saying, Lord?   You are crucified, nailed down and do You promise paradise?   Yes, He says, so that through the Cross You may learn my power…

Because it isn’t by raising a dead man, commanding the sea and wind, or casting out demons that He is able to change the thief’s sinful soul but by being crucified, pinned down by nails, covered with insults, spitting, mockery and torture, so that you might see the two sides of His sovereign power.   He shook all creation, split the rocks (Mt 27:51) and drew to Himself the brigand’s soul, hard as stone, to cover it with honour…

Obviously, no king would ever allow a brigand or other of his subjects to be seated at his side when making his entry into his city.   Yet Christ did so, when entering His holy homeland.   He brings a brigand into it along with Him.   In so doing…  He does no dishonour to it by a brigand’s presence, for it is a glory for paradise, that it has a master, able to make a brigand worthy of the joys to be tasted there.

In the same way, when He brings publicans and prostitutes into the Kingdom of heaven (Mt 21:31)…, it is for the sake of the glory of that holy place.   Because He shows it, that the Lord of the heavenly Kingdom is so great, that He can restore all their dignity, to prostitutes and publicans, even to their being worthy of this honour and this gift.   We admire a doctor all the more when we see him heal people suffering from illnesses said to be incurable.   So it is only right to admire Christ…  when He restores publicans and prostitutes to such a state of spiritual health, that they become worthy of heaven.” … St John Chrysostom (345 407) Bishop of Constantinople, Father & Doctor of the Church – Homily 1 on the cross and the brigand, for Good Friday, 2luke 23 42 - lord remember me - because it isn't by raising a dead man - christ the king 24 nov 2019 st john chrysostom.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, You gave the peoples of the world as the inheritance of Your only Son, You crowned Him as King of Zion, Your holy city and gave Him Your Church to be His Bride.   As He proclaims the law of Your eternal kingdom, may we serve Him faithfully and so share His royal power forever.   We make our prayer, through Him and with Him and in Him, our King and our Redeemer, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.our lord jesus christ king of the universe through him and with him and in him 24 nov 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 24 November – Above All That is Not You

Our Morning Offering – 24 November – The Solemnity of Christ the King

Above All That is Not You
Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

O most loving Jesus,
give me this special grace to rest in You
above all created things,
above all health and beauty,
above all glory and honour,
above all dignity and power,
above all knowledge and prudence,
above all riches and talents,
above all joy and gladness,
above all fame and praise,
above all sweetness and consolation,
above all hope and promise,
above all merit and desire,
above all gifts and rewards
that You may give or send –
except Yourself –
above all joy or happiness
that the human mind and heart
can grasp or feel,
above all Angels and Archangels,
above all the heavenly hosts,
above all things visible and invisible
and above all that is not You,
my God.
Amenabove all that is not you - thomas a kempis - 24 nov 2019 CHRIST THE KING.jpg

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Solemnity of Christ the King +2019 and Memorials of the Saints – 24 November

Solemnity of Christ the King +2019

https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/25/25-november-the-solemnity-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-king-of-the-universe/

St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions – Martyrs of Vietnam – (Memorial) – 117 saints and beati
Their Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/24/saints-of-the-day-24-november-st-andrew-dung-lac-1795-1839-and-companions-martyrs-of-vietnam/

St Cardinal Albert of Louvain (1166-1192) Bishop and Martyr
St Alexander of Corinth
St Balsamus of Cava
St Bieuzy of Brittany
St Chrysogonus
St Colman of Cloyne
Bl Conrad of Frisach
St Crescentian of Rome
St Eanfleda of Whitby
St Felicissimus of Perugia
St Félix Alonso Muñiz
St Firmina of Amelia
St Flora of Cordoba
St Francisco Borrás Román
St Hitto of Saint-Gall
St Kenan of Damleag
St Leopardinus of Vivaris
Bl Maria Anna Sala
St Marinus of Maurienne
St Mary of Cordoba
St Phêrô Võ Ðang Khoa
St Pierre Rose Ursule Dumoulin Borie
St Portianus of Miranda
St Protasius of Milan
St Romanus of Le Mans
St Vinh-son Nguyen The Ðiem

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War – Martyred Carmelite Sisters of Valencia – 12 beati:
• Blessed Antonia Gosens Sáez De Ibarra
• Blessed Cándida Cayuso González
• Blessed Clara Ezcurra Urrutia
• Blessed Concepción Rodríguez Fernández
• Blessed Daría Campillo Paniagua
• Blessed Erundina Colino Vega
• Blessed Feliciana de Uribe Orbe
• Blessed Félix Alonso Muñiz
• Blessed Francisco Borrás Román
• Blessed Justa Maiza Goicoechea
• Blessed María Concepción Odriozola Zabalía
• Blessed María Consuelo Cuñado González
• Blessed Niceta Plaja Xifra
• Blessed Paula Isla Alonso

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Thought for the Day – 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Thought for the Day – 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Jesus Christ

You have heard Him spoken of, indeed the greater part of you are already His – you are Christians.

So, to you Christians I repeat His name, to everyone I proclaim Him –

Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end,

the Alpha and the Omega.

He is the king of the new world.

He is the secret of history.

He is the key to our destiny

St Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) 

Homily delivered in Manila, 29 November 1970so to you christians i repeat his name - st popepaul VI - no 2- 25 nov christ the king 2018

“Follow Me. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. 
Without the Way, there is no going. 
Without the Truth, there is no knowing. 
Without the Life, there is no living. 
I am the Way, which you must follow, 
the Truth, which you must believe, 
the Life, for which you must hope. 
I am the inviolable Way, 
the infallible Truth, 
the unending Life. 
I am the Way that is straight, 
the supreme Truth, 
the Life that is true, 
the blessed, the uncreated Life. 
If you abide in My Way, you shall know the Truth
and the Truth shall make you free
and you shall attain life everlasting.”

Thomas à Kempisfollow-me-the-imitation-of-christ-for-lent-12-feb-2018

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Quote/s of the Day 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Quote/s of the Day 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

“Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb
Him whom she would obey as her master.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchhers was the happiness - st augustine 25 nov - christ the king 2018

“The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Saviour,
does not come for all to see; nor shall they say:
Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is;
but the kingdom of God is within us,
for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart.
Thus it is clear that he who prays for the coming of God’s kingdom,
prays rightly to have it within himself,
that there it might grow and bear fruit and become perfect.
For God reigns in each of his holy ones.
Anyone who is holy obeys the spiritual laws of God,
who dwells in Him as in a well-ordered city.
The Father is present in the perfect soul
and with Him Christ reigns, according to the words:
We shall come to him and make our home with him.”but the kingdom of god is within us - origen - 25 nov christ the king 2018

“The kingdom of God cannot exist alongside the reign of sin.
Therefore, if we wish God to reign in us,
in no way should sin reign in our mortal body;
rather we should mortify our members which are upon the earth
and bear fruit in the Spirit.
There should be in us a kind of spiritual paradise where God may walk
and be our sole ruler with His Christ.
In us the Lord will sit at the right hand of that spiritual power
which we wish to receive.
And He will sit there until all His enemies,
who are within u,. become His footstool
and every principality, power and virtue in us is cast out.”

Origen (c185-253) Father of the Churchtherefore if we wish god to reign in us - origen - 25 nov chirst the king 2018

“The Word of God, as consubstantial with the Father,
has all things in common with Him and, therefore,
has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion,
over all things created.”

St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe word of god - st cyril of alexandria - 25 nov christ the king 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Our Morning Offering – 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

A Prayer to Christ the King

O Jesus Christ,
I acknowledge You as universal King.
All that has been made,
has been created for You.
Exercise all Your rights over me.
I renew my Baptismal Vows.
I renounce Satan, his pomps and his works,
I promise to live as a good Christian.
And, in particular do I pledge myself to labour,
to the best of my ability,
for the triumph of the rights of God
and of Your Church.
Divine Heart of Jesus,
to You do I offer my poor services,
labouring that all hearts
may acknowledge Your sacred kingship
and that thus, the reign of Your peace,
be established throughout the whole universe.
Amena prayer to christ the king - 25 nov 2018 solem of christ the king

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25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The political context in which Pope Pius XI, by the Encyclical Quas Primas, established the feast of Christ the King in 1925, was the still unresolved Roman Question, which concerned the papacy and the kingdom of Italy regarding the temporal authority of the popes and the Papal States.   For those of us who have grown up with the separation of church and state, the Papal States are a distant historical oddity.christ the king 3

Yet even if these political issues no longer resonate for us today, Quas Primas commemorated these same issues and problems by taking the view that marks the Church off as a unique society, one that is eternal, whose King’s authority transcends all political divisions and historical epochs.   The Church exists in the messiness of history and responds to events that emerge from that same messiness but claims a King who transcends it all.

Already in the book of Daniel and in earlier prophetic books, the hope for the true king, the one who would establish God’s kingdom, emerged in the language and imagery of ancient Near Eastern myth, when the prophet sees “I saw in the night visions and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man.”   While scholars dispute the identification of the son of man as the messiah in Daniel, the earliest Christians understood that the one to whom “was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

When would this King of all peoples, nations and languages arrive?   When would God’s kingdom, the everlasting dominion, be established?   The book of Revelation, written in opposition to the Caesars of Rome and their empire, declared that Jesus was already “the ruler of kings on earth” who “made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.”   And Revelation promised, evoking the language of Daniel, that Jesus’ first coming will be followed by a second coming with the clouds when “every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him.”Christ King header

Even Jesus’ disciples, though, who followed Him faithfully if unsurely to Jerusalem, must have wondered about the answer when they heard the Roman procurator Pilate, ask their teacher, “Are you the King of the Jews?”   Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.”   It is a true answer, of course but also elusive, for though Jesus’ kingdom is “not from this world” and does not involve peach treaties, concordats, armies and diplomatic corps, it includes all of this world and all that is in it.

It is a point Pope Pius XI makes in Quas Primas (13), citing St Cyril of Alexandria, who wrote that “Christ has dominion over all creatures …by essence and by nature.”   Pope Pius XI also writes that though Jesus’ kingship is founded upon the ineffable hypostatic union, “Christ is also our King by acquired, as well as by natural right, for He is our Redeemer.” Jesus’ kingship is unlike any other by nature and by behaviour.CHRIST THE KING 6

But there is another consideration as to why Jesus declared that His kingdom was ‘not from this world’.   Pope Pius XI states that all people can enter “this kingdom, whoever they are and from wherever they are, since “this kingdom is opposed to none other than to that of Satan and to the power of darkness” (18).   This kingdom welcomes all kingdoms and all peoples.

If we see only the messiness of history and politics, we are missing the true story of eternity and the true King of all, who is already “the ruler of the kings of the earth.” I  f we believe it to be true, we must never despair of the politics of our age, for He came as King, is now King and is coming again in glory as King!christ the king lg

(From ‘King of All’ by John W Martens)

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year – 26 November

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year – 26 November formerly referred to as “Christ the King,” was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man’s thinking and living and organises his life as if God did not exist.  The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ’s royalty over individuals, families, society, governments and nations.ff190a6cadbf4d81c14d78f994f2fc14--catholic-prayers-roman-catholicsolemnity of christ the king.info

Today’s Mass establishes the titles for Christ’s royalty over men:  1) Christ is God, the Creator of the universe and hence wields a supreme power over all things – “All things were created by Him”;   2) Christ is our Redeemer, He purchased us by His precious Blood and made us His property and possession;  3) Christ is Head of the Church, “holding in all things the primacy”;  4) God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as His special possession and dominion.

Today’s Mass also describes the qualities of Christ’s kingdom.   This kingdom is:  1) supreme, extending not only to all people but also to their princes and kings;  2) universal, extending to all nations and to all places;  3) eternal, for “The Lord shall sit a King forever”;  4) spiritual, Christ’s “kingdom is not of this world.” christ the king 6.

Christ the King as Represented in the Liturgy
The liturgy is an album in which every epoch of Church history immortalises itself. Therein, accordingly, can be found the various pictures of Christ beloved during succeeding centuries.   In its pages we see pictures of Jesus suffering and in agony; we see pictures of His Sacred Heart;  yet these pictures are not proper to the nature of the liturgy as such;  they resemble baroque altars in a gothic church.   Classic liturgy knows but one Christ:  the King, radiant, majestic, and divine.

With an ever-growing desire, all Advent awaits the “coming King”;  in the chants of the breviary we find repeated again and again the two expressions “King” and “is coming.” On Christmas the Church would greet, not the Child of Bethlehem, but the Rex Pacificus — “the King of peace gloriously reigning.”   Within a fortnight, there follows a feast which belongs to the greatest of the feasts of the Church year — the Epiphany.   As in ancient times oriental monarchs visited their principalities (theophany), so the divine King appears in His city, the Church;  from its sacred precincts He casts His glance over all the world….On the final feast of the Christmas cycle, the Presentation in the Temple, holy Church meets her royal Bridegroom with virginal love:  “Adorn your bridal chamber, O Sion and receive Christ your King!”   The burden of the Christmas cycle may be summed up in these words:  Christ the King establishes His Kingdom of light upon earth!

If we now consider the Easter cycle, the lustre of Christ’s royal dignity is indeed somewhat veiled by His sufferings;  nevertheless, it is not the suffering Jesus who is present to the eyes of the Church as much as Christ the royal Hero and Warrior who upon the battlefield of Golgotha struggles with the mighty and dies in triumph.   Even during Lent and Passiontide the Church acclaims her King.   The act of homage on Palm Sunday is intensely stirring;  singing psalms in festal procession we accompany our Savior singing:  Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit, Rex Christe, “Glory, praise and honour be to Thee, Christ, O King!”   It is true that on Good Friday the Church meditates upon the Man of Sorrows in agony upon the Cross but at the same time, and perhaps more so, she beholds Him as King upon a royal throne.   The hymn Vexilla Regis, “The royal banners forward go,” is the more perfect expression of the spirit from which the Good Friday liturgy has arisen.   Also characteristic is the verse from Psalm 95, Dicite in gentibus quia Dominus regnavit, to which the early Christians always added, a ligno, “Proclaim among the Gentiles:  the Lord reigns from upon the tree of the Cross!”   During Paschal time the Church is so occupied with her glorified Saviour and Conqueror that kingship references become rarer;  nevertheless, toward the end of the season we celebrate our King’s triumph after completing the work of redemption, His royal enthronement on Ascension Thursday.

Neither in the time after Pentecost is the picture of Christ as King wholly absent from the liturgy.   Corpus Christi is a royal festival: “Christ the King who rules the nations, come, let us adore” (Invit.).   In the Greek Church the feast of the Transfiguration is the principal solemnity in honour of Christ’s kingship, Summum Regem gloriae Christum adoremus (Invit.).   Finally at the sunset of the ecclesiastical year, the Church awaits with burning desire the return of the King of Majesty.

We will overlook further considerations in favour of a glance at the daily Offices.   How often do we not begin Matins with an act of royal homage:  “The King of apostles, of martyrs, of confessors, of virgins — come, let us adore” (Invit.).   Lauds is often introduced with Dominus regnavit, “The Lord is King”.   Christ as King is also a first consideration at the threshold of each day;  for morning after morning we renew our oath of fidelity at Prime:  “To the King of ages be honour and glory.”   Every oration is concluded through our Mediator Christ Jesus “who lives and reigns forever.”   Yes, age-old liturgy beholds Christ reigning as King in His basilica (etym.: “the king’s house”), upon the altar as His throne.

Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

Come let us adore our King of all ages and all eternity!