< <  

Sunday, November 26, 2017

  > >

Christ the King

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
Matthew 25:31-46

View Readings
Similar Reflections

come king, judge, love, god!

"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, escorted by all the angels of heaven, He will sit upon His royal throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him." —Matthew 25:31-32

Over 2,500 years ago, Ezekiel prophesied: "As for you, my sheep, says the Lord God, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats" (Ez 34:17). Jesus announced that it would be ultimately fulfilled at the end of the world when He comes again as the King of kings to judge the living and the dead (Mt 25:32).

On that last day, Jesus will say to some: "Come. You have My Father's blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world" (Mt 25:34). Others will hear the terrifying words: "Out of My sight, you condemned, into that everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels!" (Mt 25:41) This Last Judgment will be based on:

  • primarily God's grace, mercy, and love,
  • what we've done for the least of the brethren (Mt 25:40, 45),
  • our repentance (see Mk 1:15),
  • our faith (Eph 2:8), and
  • our love (1 Cor 13:1-3; Mt 22:37-39).

In summary, King Jesus will judge us based on our doing of His Father's will (Mt 7:21) and whether we have lost our lives to be His disciples (Lk 9:24).

King Jesus is going to return to love and judge us. We don't know the day of His return (Mt 25:13). Therefore, it could be today. Are you ready for King Jesus' return? Are you looking forward to Judgment Day? (see 1 Jn 4:17) Come, King Jesus!

Prayer:  Father, may I be with You as soon as possible.

Promise:  "In Christ all will come to life again." —1 Cor 15:22

Praise:  Crucified as King of the Jews, Jesus rose as King of kings. All hail, King Jesus! Alleluia!

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 12, 2017

The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.