November 21, 2010
The Solemnity of Christ the KingLink: http://usccb.org/nab/112110.shtml
Tortured and tormented, Jesus was sentenced to a shameful and brutal death at the hands of Roman occupiers at the behest of a handful of Jewish leaders. When one of the thieves condemned to die along with Him spoke contemptuously to Him, the other thief reproves his counterpart. This criminal sees what so many cannot – that Jesus truly is the King of all that is and was and will be. And he asks a favor, “Jesus, remember me.” As Savior to sinner, and one dying man to another, Jesus makes a last promise: “Today you will be with Me in paradise.”
Each of us can ask Jesus to remember us not only in time, but also in eternity. And we have the opportunity to let others know that He will open wide the gates of heaven to all who humbly acknowledge the loving sovereignty of Christ the King over our hearts.
Suggested missionary action: Spend some time thinking about Christ as your King – and about your role in reminding others about the Kingdom of Heaven.