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34thSunday in Ordinary time: Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
One of the most ironic phrases in the Bible was in the Passion of Jesus Christ
·It was said by many Jewish leaders (and remember, Jesus was Jewish too), the crowds, the soldiers, and most famously written by Pontius Pilate
·The phrase: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
As you notice what we call 4 letters on many of our crucifixes: INRI
·Today we heard in the Gospel according to Luke:
o“Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." Above him there was an inscription that read, "This is the King of the Jews."
oIn John we heard some more insight what was placed above Jesus Christ: “Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.” Now many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
Now many of you probably remember the letters INRI:
·And why does it have INRI?
oIn Latin in sounds like this: 'Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum'
oLatin: I (no Js in Latin), N for Nazareth, R, rex = king, I = Jews
·And why was this sign written on the cross?
oEach person who was crucified by the Romans put a sign above or around the person with their crime
Thus, Jesus was really insulted and mocked with those letters but itwas actually truthful, even those who were making fun of Jesus
·Jesus Christ is our King, Jesus is the King of kings, Jesus is the King of the Kingdom, Jesus is the King of the Universe
And that is what we celebrate this Mass at the end of our last Sunday in our liturgical year
Brothers and Sisters, as we have had a few funerals the last couple of weeks, I thought that you may use this outline that I use for funerals to support the preparation.Hopefully you can use this outline, especially if you would like to prepare your own funeral. While this might be hard to do today, it would be an amazing gift for your family. So here are my personal notes:
·“At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess him King of glory now; 'tis the Father's pleasure we should call him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty Word.”
This is the last green color on the 33rdSunday in Ordinary Time
·Next weekend, our last Sunday in this liturgical year, will conclude with The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
In Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament shows the justice of God with two sides
·The first verses were those who did not follow the name of God
·“But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.”
·“fear my name”
And the Gospel according to Luke features some fascinating, even scary
·“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end." Then he said to them,"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place;and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.
·"Before all this happens, however,they will seize and persecute you,they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,and they will have you led before kings and governorsbecause of my name.It will lead to your giving testimony…You will be hated by all because of my name,but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.By your perseverance you will secure your lives."
How are you following the name of God?
·Are you being persecuted in living your life, with God’s name reverently and publicly?
oIf not, are you really following God?
oAre you really being a disciple?
oAre you really following his teaching?
There is a lot in our readings today and I would pray that each of us can make good decisions to go beyond our comfortable lives, but to discern how to grow with perseverance to “secure [our] lives” using not only the name, but the Person