Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - November 21, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

November 17, 2021

In our first reading, Daniel has a vision of four beasts, each worse than the one before, who emerge from the sea. The sea is a place of chaos, and these beasts emerging from the sea represent different nations that have brought destruction and war upon the earth. Finally, Daniel has a vision of one like a Son of Man who comes from the clouds of heaven. Unlike those who emerge from the chaos and darkness of the sea, this one like a Son of Man will bring about a different type of kingdom: peace, justice and love.

In the gospel, Jesus tells Pilate that His kingdom is not of this world. His kingdom is not about the domination and power of the nations of the world imposing their will upon the poor and vulnerable. Jesus is about a different type of kingdom. This kingdom can be described accurately from the Preface of this Sunday: “an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.”