St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr.
Webster, NY 14580
585-671-1100
Masses: Sat 5:00 pm
Sun 7:30; 9:00 (children's liturgy); 10:30 am
Weekdays 8:15 am
Reconciliation: Saturdays from 3:30-4:30 pm
Office Hours: M-Th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fri 9:00 to 12:00 pm

The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
 
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
    JESUS IS KING - This, the last Sunday of our liturgical year, is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. As we transition in to Advent, the Church seeks to remind us of our King, the one "who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty."    
    In our first reading we hear again from the Book of Daniel (Dn 7:13-14) of the Old Testament apocalyptic vision of the Messiah coming in glory and kingship as he triumphs over the forces for evil.  
    "As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of  heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed."
    It is this heavenly kingship that Jesus had in mind as he was interrogated by Pilate in our Gospel passage (John 18:33-37)"Pilate said to Jesus, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' Jesus answered, 'Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?'  Pilate answered, 'I am not a Jew, am I?  Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.  What have you done?'  Jesus answered, 'My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.  But as it is, my kingdom is not here.'  So Pilate said to him, 'Then you are a king?'  Jesus answered, 'You say I am a king.  For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.'" 
    In our Epistle reading (Revelations 1:5-8) Jesus is described as the faithful witness to the truth, who prepares the way for we who belong to the truth, the one who is coming amid the clouds.. 
    "Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. 
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen.
    "I am the Alpha and the Omega, " says the Lord God, "the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty." 

Click HERE   to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for November 22, 2015
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