Christ the King, Year A

Published on 16 Nov 2020
Stained Glass window depicting Jesus.

As royal shepherd, Christ is leading us

into the Kingdom of his Father

Almighty ever-living God,

whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son, the King of the universe,

grant, we pray,

that the whole creation, set free from slavery,

may render your majesty service

and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.

Today’s solemnity of Christ the King ends the Church’s liturgical year on a high point. Perhaps, after the year we have had, we need, more than ever, to savour the full title of this feast: ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe’.

So that God ‘may be all in all’ (Second Reading), Christ is, indeed, king over the whole universe.

Though we may have felt – and perhaps still feel – ‘scattered, during the mist and darkness’ of 2020, God keeps the flock always in view (First Reading) and will show us where to rest. We are not abandoned.

Rather, the care of the one, true, kingly shepherd means we really shall want for nothing (Psalm).

The call of this Shepherd King is heard in the Gospel, inviting us to a share, both in his service of others, especially to the very least, and in his very life.

This week, let’s try to be open to that call and respond with joyful and generous hearts.

I am going to look after my flock and keep all of it in view.    First Reading

Near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit.     Psalm

God may be all in all.     Second Reading

In so far as you did this to one of the least of these of mine, you did it to me.     Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

Ezekiel 34:11–12,15–17; Psalm 22 (23); 1 Corinthians 15: 20–26,28; Matthew 25: 31–46