By Fr. Andrew Kelly
34TH SUNDAY ORDINAL TIME (OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE) – NOV. 25
On Sunday, Jesus will lead the believing community in a reflection about the Kingdom of God (John 18:33-37).
Jesus teaches: “My kingdom is not from this world.” This is true. But Jesus is not saying that God’s kingdom is not in the world.
The foundation of God’s kingdom is God alone. But the person, words, deeds, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ reveals the “truth” about God in the world.
This God is revealed when people make the God of Jesus Christ the foundation of their lives. In other words, believers both believe and live the person, words, deeds, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in their every breathing moment.
Living God’s “truth” every day not only transforms the believer, but also ultimately transforms the world into the Kingdom of God that is not of the world.
Thus, the Sunday gathering where “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice” becomes essential.
Never listening to Jesus’ transforming voice means God’s kingdom never gets translated into the world.
The tragic consequences of this are that God’s kingdom begins to fade more and more out of the world at a time when just the opposite should be happening.
(Father Andrew Kelly is a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport.)
Scripture Readings for Nov. 25 to Dec. 2
Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5
Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a
1 Thes 3:12-4:2
Lk 21:25-28, 34-36