Gospel for the Solemnity of our Lord Christ, King of the Universe—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.'”
- In view of the tragedy our Jewish brothers and sisters experienced last month, how does this passage now strike you?
- How is it more relevant to you now?
Heritage word—“We must allow the word to enter our lives, making them fertile and fruitful.”
(Sister Mary Kristin, 10th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)