Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: November 24th 2013: Feast of Christ the King.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: November 24th 2013: 


Gospel Reading: Luke 23:35-43. Find it in your Bible, or missal, or click here for Sunday Mass Readings.


Christ is the Servant King. Click here for Youtube, for Graham Kendrick singing  ‘The Servant King’:

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.…

Behold your ‘king’! What kind of ‘king’?

” ‘Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And he called a child and set him before them.”

Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ of God, a king upon the ‘throne’ of his cross, and in every child, and in the hearts of all who welcome him.

Christ, with the rough hands of a carpenter.

Christ being baptized in the Jordan river, by John.

Christ laying his hands of blessing on children.

Christ asking ‘who is the greatest in the kingdom?’ and then calling a little child and placing the child in front of his disciples.

Christ eating at table with outcasts and other sinners.

Christ showing the disciples the wounds in his hands and side and feet.

Jesus Christ, the Redeemer: showing the wounds in his hands, for us. From apse of Clonard Redemptorist Church, Belfast.

Christ breaking bread and sharing it among the disciples,- ‘my body’.

Christ giving them the blessed cup of the blood,- his blood- of a new Covenant with God’s people,- blood poured out for all for the forgiveness of sins.

Christ on his knees before those who would shortly run away.

Christ on his knees in the garden of Gethsemane.

'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!' (Luke 23:42)

Christ turning his crowned head towards the repentant thief,- ‘this very day, you will be with me in paradise’. Imagine, salvation for the no-hoper!- and for each and every no-hoper who just turns and looks at Jesus, as this dying thief did.

Christ Jesus, nailed to the wood of the cross, about to enter into his kingdom.

Christ, ‘I am among you as one who serves’.

Christ is king! ‘Behold the Lamb of God! Behold him who takes away the sins of the world.’


Christ is king of people’s hearts who welcome him.

He is the king who is at their service, praying with and for them, saying ‘you are my friends…!’, saying ‘Father, not my will but yours be done!’, saying ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!’

Christ saying ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!’, saying ‘Receive the Holy

The Most Holy Redeemer: see crown of thorns, and the whip for scourging him, on either side of his 'Crown': detail, from apse of Clonard Redemptorist Church, Belfast

Spirit!’, saying ‘Go out to all the world…’, saying ‘Greater love than this no-one has…’, saying ‘Come, follow me!’, saying ‘Take and eat… this my body given for you’, saying ‘Take and drink… the cup of the new covenant’  saying ‘love one another the way I have loved you’, saying ‘the way my Father loves me, that’s how much I love you! Make your home in my love! (John 15:9,10)

Christ, saying ‘Peace I leave you, my peace I give you!’; saying ‘place your finger into the

'Christ the Light of the World' - 'See, I stand at the door, knocking...' (Rev. 3:20)

wounds in my hands, and your hand into the wound in my side’; saying ‘See, I stand at the door knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and sit down and have supper with that person.’ (Revelations 3:20)


And we are saying ‘Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus’.

I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me!


Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.




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