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The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King

November 26, 2023

Gospel of Matthew

Mt 25:31-46

A Reading from the Book of Prophet Ezekiel

Ez 34:11-17

Both the First Reading and the Gospel describe Jesus as the king, using the imagery of shepherd and flock. There is a German saying:" He who wants to understand the poet must go to the poet's country." Shepherds and sheep were part of daily life in the country of the Bible. Mentally, we should go there whenever we read Scripture and want to understand what God has to tell us through the author. God in his Messiah (Anointed King Jeus Christ) takes care of us.

The last verse with its note about judgment links this reading with the Gospel, where the king separates the sheep from the goats. "The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want."

The Responsorial Psalm is that that we put our trust in Jesus because of his love and kindness and that he has done great things for us, so we should be filled with joy and love for him and thoro be like him.

in your self-giving. He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Lord hears the cry of the poor!

A Reading, From the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

1 Cor 15:20-28

Paul teaches that Jeus' reign as king, inaugurated with his resurrection will last until his second coming. Then he will hand over the kingdom to the Father.

The meaning is that God now acts toward the world "through Jesus Christ, our Lord." At the end of time, God's relationship with redeemed mankind will be a direct one. Meanwhile notice that Jesus' kingdom is in constant warfare with evil. "[Christ] must reign until [God] has put all of his enemies [evil] under his feet." We should be part of that warfare against evil!

In the Gospel of Matthew

Mt 25:14-30

In this beautiful imaginative scene, which depicts the parousia, the second coming of Jesus, Matthew sees the core of Jesus' moral teaching. Notice that Jesus, introduce as king and judge, identifies himself with the deprived and the downtrodden of society, and the supreme law of love will be the measure in judgment.

This Gospel about judgment marks the end of the liturgical year. We should judge ourselves. The last judgment does not mark an end, but a new beginning for those who have followed Jesus' leadership and heeded his great command of love.

Newsy Notes


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE



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Bring Your Children To Mass?

When Jesus reprimanded the apostles for wanting

to keep children away from Him (see Mt 19:14),

He did not give an age or behavior requirement.

At the baptism of a child, parents and sponsors

promise to teach their children the Catholic faith

and “to bring them up according to

the law of Christ and His Church.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us,

“The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day

and his Eucharist is at the

heart of the Church’s life” (No. 2177).

This importance is shown in attendance at Mass

and rest from labor, the first of the precepts of the Church.

Click the link below to read why you should bring your children to Mass:


Divine Lord, send your Holy Spirit anew into our hearts and cleanse us from all sin so we may adore and worship you in Spirit and in truth. Create in us a greater love for your Word and a keener desire to serve you and our fellow men. Remove all malice, bitterness, and resentment from our minds, and fill us with your abundant grace. In Christ Jesus our Savior and Friend.


“Lord, I too lack the necessary faith to see the blessings that accompany Your Cross, as well as the many crosses I am given in life. Help me to be purified in my faith so that I can see Your hand at work in all things, even suffering, injustice and persecution. May I see life from Your perspective alone. Jesus, I trust in You."