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Christ the King - Nov 21,2021

November 18, 2021 • Dcn Ed Leyba, Alex Blanco • John 18:33–37, Daniel 7:13–14, Revelation 1:5–8

There are powerful images in this week’s readings, and they seem to contradict each other. Each describes a king — but not any kind of king — a king in a unique circumstance. The prophet Daniel sees a vision of a king riding on clouds and receiving glory, dominion, and power. The psalmist proclaims the glory and kingship of the Lord, and in another vision from the apostle John, this king (Jesus) proclaims that He is the “Alpha and the Omega” — the king before all kings and the king after all kings. Yet in the Gospel, we see a king who seems powerless. He stands beneath Pontius Pilate — who isn’t even a king — and He is ordered to be beaten. The end seems clear, and yet confusing: this king is going to be crucified. Even Pilate seems confused; if this man is a king, why would the people reject Him?

2nd Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2021 • Dcn Ed, Alex Blanco