Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christ the King

this is a religious post.

i have good church days and bad church days. a bad church day means i attend the mass but half of the time, i'm actually quite sleepy. and as much as i try to focus, my mind wanders off to so many other issues and concerns. a good church day was a day like today. i remembered it was the feast of Christ the King, the end of the liturgical year.

the gospel was lifted from the crucifixion (Lk 23:35-43). i always get goose bumps (and even become teary eyed) at this part

The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
"Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal."
Then he said,
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
He replied to him,
"Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise."

i truly feel the humility of the 'other thief'. and when Jesus promises him that they will be together in Paradise, i feel the redemption, so undeserved yet so triumphant.

good church days. i hear a conversation between Him and me. i was looking at the image in the church. in prayer, i told Him "You are my King. I am your servant. What pleases my King?"

His message: "I have tasked you to be steward of your Family, your parents. Take care, then, of them, of your company, your employees, your clients, your stakeholders. Of your Partner, of your friendships, of your students. You, I hold responsible."

Whoa. Tall Order. But in reply. "I shall do as my King pleases."


Anonymous said...

I truly agree with you. How beautiful it is to feel at peace in the Church. Every moment, every hour, every day is an opportunity to do what Our King wants of us - to be a good person wherever we are. Our faith strengthens us in our everyday struggle. Continue on being a good person.

Ming Meows said...

"my mind wanders off to so many other issues and concerns."

nakakarelate ako.

ang reflection ko naman sa gospel na yan is swallowing your pride. na kahit hindi na kailangan gawin Jesus magpatsugi, he still died for us.

Ghost said...

One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3 5:6 ~

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight"

Jesus was a nice man who said and probably did nice things, but he was not supernatural.

No one needs "god" to be "good"