Christ the King of the Universe


2 Sam 5:1 – 3
Colossians 1: 12 – 20
Luke 23: 35 – 43


Today we acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and King of the Universe.

In the reading from Colossians, we have a vision of Christ “the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation.” He who was before time began, who transcends all space and time, and yet who became part of our universe in a particular place and time. ‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

In the Gospel, Jesus is present in the drama of life with all its agony and pain as he hangs on the Cross. He shares our sorrows and our sin corrupted world. Even on the Cross he is reigning as King! He receives the abuse and the mockery in his own body on the Cross, and yet by his obedience to his Father and his all-embracing love he offers the world reconciliation and peace.

The Good Thief speaks for us: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus promises him and all who sincerely follow his Way: “Indeed, I promise you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Even now in his Risen body we share in the life of Paradise. We are able by our words and deeds to contribute to his Kingdom of love, peace, justice and holiness. May your Kingdom come, Lord Jesus. May your Kingdom come!

Pat McIndoe CP, a Passionist at St. Gabriel’s Retreat, Boroko, Port Moresby