As followers of Christ, we are called to take up the task of serving others by bringing light to times of darkness—just as Jesus did throughout His lifetime. If you read the Gospel from the Feast of Christ the King, you see the rulers and soldiers mocking Jesus as He was being crucified. One of the condemned criminals also mocks Jesus, asking Him why, if he was the Christ, did not save them and the other criminal from death. However, the other criminal recognized the need for conversion in his life and placed his trust in Jesus, pleading, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

The Feast of Christ the King reminds us that Jesus’ decisions went against the grain of society. His actions were always done with humility as He had humbled Himself to share in the suffering of the cross, and through that act, to share in our humanity. Christ teaches us that we must die to ourselves, as the second criminal did, acknowledging his own guilt and asking Jesus to remember him.

“As followers of Christ, we are called to take up the task of serving others by bringing light to times of darkness—just as Jesus did throughout His lifetime.”

Jesus allows us to grow through the Holy Spirit and asks us to change ourselves and to follow Him. Even in in the midst of His own personal human suffering on the cross, He recognizes the criminal’s conversion and faith in Him, saying, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” We are asked to live our lives based on His teachings in the Gospel. Through these teachings, we are encouraged to love and respect each other—and through this, Jesus allows us to share in His kingdom.

This month of November, particularly on the Feast of Christ the King, we celebrate the One who rules over us with love. There are times when we are hurting and suffering, but we must remember that Christ the King suffers with us. And by suffering and dying to ourselves, we are given a new life in Christ, who forgives us of our sins.

Father Scott's Corner November Issue

“We are asked to live our lives based on His teachings in the Gospel. Through these teachings, we are encouraged to love and respect each other—and through this, Jesus allows us to share in His kingdom.”

I encourage you to look at Christ the King in your own life, especially on days when you are struggling. Place your trust in Him, knowing all will be well when we are finally together in paradise with Him.

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