Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C, 20th November 2022

‘Lord Jesus, remember me’

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. As we prepare to crown a new King for the United Kingdom, we pray to learn what being ‘King’ means for Jesus. We may be surprised!

The First Reading describes the anointing of David as King of Israel. His people describe him as ‘one of us’, a person who has led and shepherded them.

The Gospel describes the reactions of people to the crucifixion of Jesus. We witness the humility of the thief who recognises his poverty and wrongdoing, and quietly asks Jesus to remember him.

The Psalm is one of rejoicing and praise as the people of God come to the house of the Lord to celebrate their freedom.

St Paul speaks of the grace and joy that has come to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Christ, we gain our freedom through the forgiveness of our sin (Second Reading).

Today I pray to know from the depths of my heart that I am a loved and forgiven sinner, welcomed by God into the light of his glory and joy.

We continue to pray for the peace of the world, and for all who suffer.