Vol: 45, No.60 CHRIST, THE UNIVERSAL KING ( B) November 25 2018  
short. That was the time when his mother intervened and asked Jesus to do something. She was not expecting Jesus to arrange for the purchase of wine but use his power as God’s beloved Son. Jesus obliged the request of his mother by changing water into wine, thereby bringing much cheer to the bridegroom and marriage guests. A king wants his subjects to be happy and cheerful as occasion demands, and Jesus is that King.
Jesus is a fearless King. The Israelite society in which Jesus grew up was a male dominated society and yet Jesus associated himself with all sections of society including women and children. The woman of Samaria who came to draw water did not expect to engage in conversation with Jesus. It was mid-day and Jesus could easily be noticed with a woman at the well. Yet Jesus engaged himself in a lengthy conversation with her and brought about her conversion and through her the entire village from which she came. A king has to be fearless in order to lead his people and Jesus our King is fearless.
Jesus is a powerful King. The Capernaum official whose son was at the point of death knew that Jesus has the power to heal his son. If a person is at the point of death then only God can help him. The official’s humility before Jesus and his confidence that Jesus can cure his son shows that Jesus is no ordinary human being. He recognizes divine power in Jesus. True to the official’s expectation, Jesus does not even go to the sick person, but simply by his word he cures his son instantly. Kings during Jesus’ time often misused their power but Jesus, the King, used his power for the benefit of his subjects.
Jesus is a people’s King. In the modern world actors, singers, performers
have a fan following. Such people are considered as heroes and super humans. Jesus also had crowds following him because they had seen Jesus performing miraculous healings. On one such occasion, Jesus was on a mountain along with his disciples and he saw a crowd coming to meet him. It was around the Passover time when the Jewish people ate a good meal. Jesus knew that the people were hungry and tired and so he wanted to feed them. There was quite a number of them to be fed, but a boy had brought five barley loaves and two fish. Five thousand men, along with women and children ate and were satisfied. The duty of any king is to see that his subjects do not go hungry. Kings at the time of Jesus lived in luxury, ate and drank sumptuously, but Jesus, the King ate ordinary food in benefactors’ homes, and never indulged in luxurious living.
Jesus is King of Heaven. Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem was like a welcome given to a king. The charges levelled against Jesus by the Jewish authorities before Pilate was also about his kingship. Pilate entered the praetorium and questioned Jesus if he was the king of the Jews. In his answer Jesus clearly stated that his kingship was not of this world. To Pilate’s repeated question about His kingship, Jesus finally gave the answer, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”
As we conclude the liturgical year let us thank the Lord for the marvellous insight we have received through his Word. As we begin yet another liturgical year starting from next Sunday let us ask him to accompany us and to enlighten us.
– AK
November/December 2018 Readings
(34TH Week in Ordinary Time)
Psalter Week 2
26 Mon (G) Bl. James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family,
Rev 14:1-5/ Ps 24:1-6/ Lk 21:1-4
27 Tue (G) Rev 14:14-19/ Ps 96:10-13/ Lk 21:5-11
28 Wed (G) Rev 15:1-4/ Ps 98:1-3, 7-9/ Lk 21:12-19
29 Thu (G) Rev 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9/ Ps 100:1-5/ Lk 21:20-28
30 Fri (R) ST ANDREW, Ap, Feast, Rom 10:9-18/ Ps 19:8-11/ Mt 4:18-22
01 Sat (G) Rev 22:1-7/ Ps 95:1-7/ Lk 21:34-36
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