Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
- St. Ambrose comments: “The Lord always grants more than one asks: the thief only asked him to remember him, but the Lord says to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’ Life consists in dwelling with Jesus Christ, and where Jesus Christ is there is his Kingdom” (Expositio Evangelii sec. Lucam).
TOPIC: DO YOU SERVE CHRIST THE KING OR YOURSELF?
1st Reading 2 Samuel 5:1-3
Responsorial Psalm Psalms 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
2nd Reading Colossians 1:12-20
Alleluia Mark 11:9, 10
Gospel Luke 23:35-43
As we celebrate today the Kingship of Christ, we reflect on how we have truly treated Him and if we consciously bring Him with us in all our dealings, in what we say and do. If we truly believe that Christ is King of our life, He must reign from the start of our day to the end. He is in charge and in control of our waking life and even our subconscious.
This is the 957th installment of our CFC contemplation series focusing on the daily liturgical readings.
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