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Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe  B                    Lectionary: 161

Reading 1 - Dn 7:13-14

As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed. Responsorial Psalm - Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5

  1. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty. The LORD is king, in splendor robed; robed is the LORD and girt about with strength. R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty. And he has made the world firm, not to be moved. Your throne stands firm from of old; from everlasting you are, O LORD. R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty. Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed; holiness befits your house, O LORD, for length of days. R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.

Reading 2 - Rv 1:5-8

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty."

Gospel - Jn 18:33b-37

Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?" Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here." So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."

FOCUS QUESTIONS – CHRIST THE KING  B

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Note: These questions are for reflection and discussion, if you choose.  Please understand that the homily may not address any of these questions directly.  God speaks to hearts that are prepared.

1.Try to visualize what Daniel saw in a vision in the first reading.  Who is the one like a Son of man and who is the Ancient One?  What does the one like a Son of man receive?

2.What does it mean to receive dominion, glory, and kingship?  Today do we see this dominion, glory, and kingship that includes all people, nations, and languages?  How long is this dominion going to last?  Are we part of it

3.In our Psalm, God is called a king.  Is God like an earthly king, or are earthly kings in some way like God? Does the second reading help answer this question?  How?

4.What are the characteristics of God as king mentioned in the Psalm? What are some of the limitations or imperfections of earthly kings that are perfected the heavenly king?

5.The second reading says that Christ has made us into a kingdom.  What does that mean?  Does it in any way relate to Jesus’ answer to Pilate in the Gospel?

6.The second reading says that when Jesus comes amid the clouds that all the peoples of the earth will lament him.  What will they lament?

7.Why did Jesus not give a direct answer to Pilate when he asked in the Gospel Are you the King of the Jews?

If someone were to ask you if Jesus is the King of the Jews, what would you say?

8.What do you think you understand about Jesus’ kingdom that Pilate did not understand?  How do you think you gained this knowledge?

9.If Jesus’ kingdom does not belong to this world, what good is it? Does this mean that Jesus is not concerned about this world?  Can we be part of this kingdom while we are on earth?  How?

10.What has God spoken to you, and what do you intend to do about it?

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