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John 18, 33b-37

by Fr. Luis A. Zazano
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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 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.”

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Jesus is King

1) Are you the king? In the Middle Ages, the king was not only a symbol for authority, but also a symbol of unity among the people. Today, I propose that we ask Jesus, our King, for unity. We ask Jesus for unity among believers that in the end are working together for the same cause: seeking good for all. How it hurts us to see how we harm and destroy each other. Jesus, our King, bring us together!

2) Feast. It is a solemnity instituted by Pope Pius XI that marks that Jesus is the king of your life and mine. Do not stop fighting for your life and do not be afraid to live. Jesus’s reign is life and peace, and he invites you to live in peace so that you can help others to live in the same way.

3) End. Our liturgical year is soon coming to an end. Next Sunday, we begin Advent, the time of preparation for Christmas. In the Gospel readings we will soon be hearing about the second coming of Jesus. I invite you to start taking stock of this year and looking at your soul as it is. Are you on your way to being happy?

God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And don’t forget, Heaven is our goal.

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