Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

Study: Consider a crucial time when you asked and received help.  How did it feel?

Pray: Is there anything that is keeping you from receiving God’s grace?  Ask the Lord for the courage to ask!

Serve: Do you know someone who is struggling to receive mercy or forgiveness?  How can you help them grow in faith?

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe

The Gospel image is both brutal and tender, revealing God’s saving grace and mercy in the midst of the Passion of the Cross.  The good thief (who tradition names Dismas) calls upon the Lord saying, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

How these words speak to my heart!  In a single phrase the King of Kings and Lord of Lords becomes approachable as Christ bridges Heaven and Earth, crushes Hell and invites us to enter into eternal life: “Today you will be with me in paradise!”

The good thief shows both humility and boldness.  He knows his sins, and yet he speaks to the Lord with a gentle conviction, asking for a grace that he cannot achieve on his own.  His trust inspires us as we acknowledge our own sins and draw near to the one whose death and resurrection saves and sets us free.

May these words strengthen our faith as we call upon the Lord.  May they help us to seek Christ before all else as we repent and call upon God’s grace.  May we truly say:

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!


Catholic Inspiration Archives


Note: This post was first published on November 14, 2016.

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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