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Solemnity of Christ the King

November 21, 2021,
Catherine Martinez, OSB, St. Joseph Monastery in Tulsa, OK

Who Is Your King?

Are you the king of the Jews?

With this question, Pilate unwittingly engages Jesus in a debate about power, authority, and truth. (Jn 18:33b-37) Jesus has been handed over to Pilate to be tried as an enemy of the Roman Empire and inciting the crowds. When the crowd brought Jesus to Pilate, they were already intending on having Jesus executed. Pilate was a participant in this exchange with Jesus, although not a very willing one. He tried more than once to get the people to change their minds about handing Jesus over.

Considering this episode and the fact that this is the last Sunday before we begin a new liturgical year with the first Sunday of Advent, I am brought back to some of the readings from the last few weeks. Jesus has been preaching about the coming kingdom and the necessity of carrying the cross as a Christian. There have been numerous scenes where the disciples (Jesus’ closest friends) totally missed the central message whereas outsiders seemed to understand. The disciples have argued over the first place in the kingdom while Jesus points to a little child as treasured.

Where do I fall in this? I am not a fan of sacrifice or pain. I like my stories to be simple and uncomplicated. Yet, I still have to consider these episodes.

Is God really the focus of my love and energy? Or am I settling for a lesser god such as tv, novels, leisure or sleep?

Am I committed to being a Christian or am I looking for an easier way?

Since we begin a new liturgical year next Sunday, is there a new habit or practice that I want to commit to at this time?

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Catherine Martinez, OSB, has been a Benedictine Sister at St. Joseph Monastery in Tulsa, OK, since 1985. She is currently the Treasurer/Business Manager of her monastic community. She is a member of the planning committee for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Federation of St. Scholastica.

Sister Catherine's reflections begin September 5 and continue through November 21.