Monday, November 18, 2013
This weekend the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Jesus Christ the King, which also marks the end of the liturgical year. The readings make the staggering claim that Jesus the Christ is king. Daniel states that, “the … Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship.” The responsorial psalm sings that the Lord is a king that is robed in majesty. The Book of Revelations notes: “To him…who has made us into a kingdom…be glory and power forever and ever.” Saint John clarifies the kingship of Jesus: “My kingdom does not belong to this world.”
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
On December 16, the Third Sunday of Advent, the Church will celebrate what is traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete, the opening word of the Introit (the antiphon of the Roman Gradual) for this day, comes from the Latin version of the second reading, Philippians 4:4: Gaudete in Domino semper: hernum dico gaudete(“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!”). The Third Sunday of Advent sets a tone of rejoicing, of joyful expectation. In the gospel reading for this day the response of the people who heard John the Baptist preach is also a reminder of what can happen to us when we are genuinely open to the One who is to come: “Now the people were filled with expectation” (Lk 3:15). John’s disciples did not know the identity of this “One” but still rejoiced in their hope, openness, and expectation to that for which they know not what. Nor do we today know the guise under which we will encounter the “One.” But the Church—the other, this One—summons us, claims us, Gaudete!