Readings: Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23, R.. . The lord is my shepherd; I won’t want anything. ;; 1. Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28; Gospel – Matthew 25: 31-46
Every year we end our liturgical time with the feast of Christ the King. I think it’s such a right ending, a synthesis of the past year that is even more meaningful in view of our situation of the pandemic and most recently the triple disasters – from typhoon “Quinta” (international name: Molave) to “Rolly”. (Goni) to “Ulysses” (Vamco).
This year’s gospel, the parable of the final judgment, gives us important points to deepen this synthesis at the end of the year.
First, the parable is a timely reminder that there will be a moment of judgment. It is less a harsh judgment or trial than a simple settlement before Christ the King.
Second, the kingship of Christ is a happy ending, from which we will set off at the beginning of the new liturgical year, with next Sunday being the first Sunday of Advent – “start with the end. ”
Three, the last eight months, from the lockdown to the recent disasters, give us a concrete context in which to explain what we did to “the least of our brothers”. ”
The parable and the feast give us a key element in the life process that every period or cycle has an end. As in all endings, financial statements, syntheses and / or accounts must be rendered.
During my school days it was clear that young people needed beginning and ending cycles. Because of this, it was good for them to have assessment periods, give them feedback through the grades at the end of the period, and allow them to start over.
The same goes for all of us. Today we are at the end. We synthesize. We do the accounting. We’ll start over soon.
We report before Christ to the king, the king, who told us from the beginning of his ministry:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom to the prisoners and vision restoration to the blind, to free the oppressed and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord … Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. ”(Luke 4: 18-19, 21)
Yes, we are held accountable, and this is the standard by which we are measured, which has been clearly established from the start. Hence, it is the decisions we have made that we will make as our bookkeeping before Christ the King.
How did we experience “a year that is acceptable to the Lord”? Do we have “freedom for prisoners . . . Restoration of vision for the blind “and freedom for the downtrodden?
Today’s Gospel puts it further: food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothing for the naked, care for the sick, presence with the prisoners.
This is the kingdom of Christ the King. This is the bookkeeping that we must do before him and the “judgment” is ours. That’s how we made our decisions.
This year 2020, the context of these decisions is clearer than any other year before. The suffering of the majority of marginalized people has undeniably exposed the injustice of inequalities in different areas.
Pope Francis articulated the same at the start of the global pandemic. The experience brought us back to the essentials in life and gave us the opportunity to restart our relationship with God and with others.
It has also shown us, the Pope further stressed, that we can heal our common home, planet earth and our human family.
Let me leave you a prayer, a song that frames our reflections for this Sunday, a song that starts with the end and ends with an accounting.
“In the morning of my life I will look at the sunrise, the moment in my life when the world is new, and the blessings I will ask for can only be granted by God: courageous and strong and true to be and to fill the world with love all my life.
“In the evening of my life I will look at the sunset, at the moment in my life when the world is due, and the question that I will only ask I can answer: Was I brave and strong and true right? fill the world with love all my life? “
Christ the King
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