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11/22/15 OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE - DEACON TONY

Deacon Tony Conti

The Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

 

  • The kingship of Jesus Christ which we commemorate today is not a kingship which the world would recognize or acknowledge…
  • Pilot’s questioning of Jesus offered him no clues, because Pilot couldn’t envision what kingship means in the kingdom of God
  • So what does it mean to be a king or in more generic terms, a “leader?”
  • Our worldview might see it as a position of power... a position of control... or a position of honor and esteem...
  • We need to recall what Jesus told us a few weeks ago about leadership and greatness in the Gospel of Mark (10:44-45): “…whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.  For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many...”
  • As Christians… We should consider this as our personal job description… Because each of us is a leader in one form or another…
  • We may not have a formal title… But each of us are responsible for other human beings who look to us daily for guidance, and example… Whether it be in our families, at work, or in our communitiesNo one is exempt...
  • The deeper we go in our study of the Gospels, the more we begin to realize how much we need to “unlearn,” many of the things that the world has taught us...
  • As Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of Matthew (18:3) – “Amen I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Many years ago I read an article which was titled “No one wins until we all do
  • It described a Special Olympics event in which the runners all charged out of the gate together, but one of the runners’ feet got tangled, and he quickly fell to the ground sobbing...
  • The other runners, hearing him fall, all stopped dead in their tracks...
  • They turned around and went back together, picked him up, joined hands, and ran together to the finish line yelling – We won, We won... We won...
  • The Christian journey isn’t a cruel contest to see who’s strong enough to make it to the finish line – Rather, it’s a journey in which each of us are called to help those around us make it to the finish line...
  • It’s ironic that those whom the world labels as having “Special Needs” are the ones who most clearly understand Jesus’ message to humanity...
  • We’re put on this earth to serve each other... Because that’s how we’re slowly transformed into the image of our true king... Who is all good, and loving, and merciful... 
  • I’ll close with a short story about Capt Scott O’Grady, whose F-16 was shot down over Bosnia in 1995…
  • In his book Return with Honor he described his experience of praying at the tomb of the unknown soldiers upon his return to the United States…
  • Capt O’Grady’s words beautifully sum up the kingship and leadership exemplified by Jesus’ life on this earth
  • Capt O’Grady wrote:
    •  “…the Tomb stood for what lasted.  It wasn’t the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest.  It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion – these were the things that counted in a lifeWhen you give purely, (I thought), the honor comes in the giving, and that is honor enough.”  (Pg. 206).

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