Sixty-fourth and last in a series of reflections on Mass readings during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe
Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43
Welcome to the last day of the Year of Mercy. The time for jubilee is ending; it’s time to go back to work.
The whole Church, the whole Body of Christ has work to do, and no part of it is unnecessary because every part of it is love. An impartial love. A reconciling love. A love that fulfills every divine command. We have a lot of work to do, and we must start now. And once we start, we cannot stop. Just as David led the Israelites from his youth to his old age and death, just as Jesus loved and forgave both friend and enemy until His last earthly breath, just as Saint Paul traveled the known world bringing the message of redemption and justification and salvation to all who would listen, we must keep going. We must keep leading. We must keep working. And as we do that work, as we allow Christ to do that work through us, may we be that light to the nations that the people of God have always been meant to be. May the world look to us.
May the world look to us as the tribes of Israel looked to David, as leaders who show the way to God. May the world look to us as the repentant thief looked to Christ, as those who have the ear of the Almighty and will remember them when we stand in the Divine Presence. May the world look to us as the Colossians looked to Paul, as messengers whose every every actions speak the tidings of a destiny that we ourselves have discovered the way towards. More importantly, may the world look to us and see Christ: the Incarnation of the Father’s mercy, the Balance of the Father’s justice, the Image of the invisible God, the Model of the Father’s will, the Servant of creation, the King of the universe.
May we truly realize that calling to be co-heirs, co-rulers with Christ through whom He exercises His merciful justice. May we, with Him Who “holds all things together,” shepherd those who, in their hour of need, would say to us, “Here we are, your bone and your flesh!” May we, with Him Who “made peace by the blood of his cross,” look with compassion on those who, in their hour of pain, would say to us, “Save yourself and us!” May we, with Him Who “is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead,” live secure in the hope that, in the hour of our death, we are “made fit to share the inheritance of the holy ones in light.”
Our heritage really is divine. Our love really is a storybook story. And the hardest thing to do in this world really is to live in it. That’s why our destiny is something of which we are both in constant pursuit of and already in possession, not because we deserve it but because we are loved. It’s time to share that message with the world. It’s time to act confident in that message ourselves. It’s time to use wisely the tools that have been given us. It’s time to meet the King halfway. It’s time to let Christ take over and teach us all how to be obedient and free at the same time.
It’s time to be merciful like the Father.
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Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back.
Then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High,
for He Himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.