Weekend of November 20-21, 2010-Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the King

2 Samuel 5:1-3                                         Colossians 1:12-20                                     Luke 23:35-43

In the first reading, we hear how David is anointed and becomes king of Israel.  In Colossians, Paul reminds us that Christ has delivered us from the power of darkness and, through his Cross, has reconciled us to the Father.  The Gospel reminds us that all who are contrite and ask God’s forgiveness can come to share in the heavenly Kingdom.

This weekend’s solemn feast reminds us that Christ is King and Ruler of all.  His Kingdom is not of this world, but of a world that transcends this one, and that is dominated by love, joy and peace.  He alone, as the firstborn of all creation, has been invested with the power and authority of God.  In Baptism, each one of us shares in his kingly identity.