Mother Church celebrates Sunday, November 23, 2014 as the thirty fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the last Sunday of liturgical Year A. It is the Solemnity of Christ as the King of the Universe. In the Entrance Antiphon we pray: “The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive strength and divinity, wisdom and power and honor: to him be glory and power for ever. Amen.”
All the readings of this day centre on the kingship of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In the first reading, the prophet Ezekiel outlines the duties of a shepherd, one who takes good care of his flock. We are here in the presence of a different kind of king, one who truly serves his people, instead of the other way round. In the second reading, from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle of the Gentiles tells his converts of Corinth of the entire messianic and redemptive work of Christ who, by decree of the Father, was made Lord of the universe. In Matthew’s Gospel, we learn that Christ’s kingship is not like any other kingship in the world. His is a kingdom of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace. In the course of this Eucharist, let us pray for the grace to follow Christ, the Universal King, so that when our time on earth runs out, we will be enlisted among the righteous ones who are invited to enter into the glory of his heavenly kingdom.