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Thought for the weeked: God's call is clear

By Fr Patrick McCafferty, Parish of Kilmore and Killyleagh, Co Down

In the Catholic tradition, this Sunday is observed as the Solemnity of Christ the King. It marks the end of the Liturgical Year and we prepare to mark a new beginning, next week, with the holy season of Advent.

On this Sunday, our focus is on Jesus Christ, the coming King, who will reign forever (Rev 11:15). He has come once, in time, born in Bethlehem.

He comes to us daily, every moment, in grace. He will return at the end of time to judge all humankind.

Both the kingship and the kingdom of Jesus Christ are 'not of this world' (Jn 18:36). His criterion is not that normally associated with earthly power, privilege and status. Christ our King takes the lowest place.

He is among us as one who serves (Lk 22:27). And if He, the Lord and Master, acts thus then we too must lay down our lives, in humble service of others, in imitation of Him (Jn 13:14-15).

When the Lord returns to judge us all, in the fullness of time, His test will be simple: I was hungry. Did you give me food? I was thirsty. Did you give me a drink? I was a stranger. Did you make me welcome? I was naked. Did you clothe me? I was sick and in prison. Did you visit me? (Matt 25:31-46).

If we can answer the above affirmatively then we will take possession of the Kingdom prepared for us since the foundation of the world (Matt 25:34).

Our entire life, therefore, is a preparation for meeting Christ in judgement and we will be judged on love alone.

The call of God is clear - to live a life of love (II Jn 1:6). Through obedience to God's command to be loving, we are able to approach the Day of Judgement without fear (I Jn 4:17).

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