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Sunday Scripture Readings, Nov. 24, 2013

By Jeff Hensley
Catholic News Service


November 24, Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Cycle C. Readings:

1) 2 Samuel 5:1-3

Psalm 122:1-5

2) Colossians 1:12-20

Gospel: Luke 23:35-43

Having written about each week's Scripture readings for a number of years, I was shocked to find that I'd not noticed the name of the feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, is now named the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe -- and has been since 1969 when Pope Paul VI made changes to the liturgical calendar.

The Scripture readings for this week reflect a similar change in perspective, from the Old Testament expectation of the Messiah, or anointed one, coming as a king of Israel, to St. Paul writing in his Letter to the Colossians of Jesus, and referring to the Messiah as the "image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. ... He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."

Perhaps it's no coincidence that Pope Paul VI changed the name of the feast to encompass all of creation the same year that Neil Armstrong took a few steps on the moon.

Perhaps Pope Paul anticipated that in our day, when particle physics declares a tiny particle "the god particle," it would be necessary to proclaim in an unmistakable manner the message of St. Paul to the Colossians.

St. Paul also says of Jesus that "in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible" and that "all things were created through him and for him."

Perhaps it's simply a matter of God in his wisdom allowing us a peek at the grand and glorious extent of the cosmos and who it is who rules it -- even before we had any idea how much of it there was.

QUESTIONS:

Do you ever become confused about just how great God is? Do you think it's possible to project the degree of God's compassion and power from this cosmic view of his power?

SCRIPTURE TO BE ILLUSTRATED:

"For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell." -- Colossians 1:19

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