Engaging Faith | Mon, Nov 16, 2015
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King [b]
November 22, 2015
November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 26: Thanksgiving Day in the United States
November 27/28: Buy Nothing Day or "Black Friday"
November 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 29: First Sunday of Advent
November 30: Opening of the Climate Change Conference in Paris
December 1: World AIDS Day
Violence puts the brakes on authentic development and impedes the evolution of peoples towards greater socio-economic and spiritual well-being.
-Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 29
Christ crucified and risen, the Wisdom of God, manifests the truth that divine justice and renewing power leavens the world in a way different from the techniques of dominating violence. The victory of shalom is won not by the sword of the warrior god, but by the awesome power of compassionate love, in and through solidarity with those who suffer. … Above all, the cross is raised as a challenge to the natural rightness of male dominating rule. The crucified Jesus embodies the exact opposite of the patriarchal ideal of the powerful man, and shows the steep price to be paid in the struggle for liberation.
-Elizabeth Johnson CSJ, She Who Is, 159-160
The kingship of Jesus Christ, according to the world's criteria, is paradoxical: it is the triumph of love, accomplished in the mystery of the Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Son of God. This saving kingship is fully revealed in the sacrifice of the Cross, the supreme act of mercy in which the salvation and judgment of the world are simultaneously brought about.
-John Paul II, November 21, 1999 Homily, 1
Today in our situation the authenticity of the people of God goes by way of poverty and justice: they are the touchstone of the truth of the faith that is professed and of the genuineness of life as it is lived out: poverty, which involves incarnating all our efforts and incarnating ourselves in the reality of the oppressed majorities, and that will necessarily entail a voluntary impoverishment and abnegation on the part of those who wield power; justice, which involves giving to the people what belongs to the people and struggling to uproot injustice and exploitation, and to establish a new earth, wherein the life of the new human may be possible.
-Ignacio Ellacuría SJ, martyred in El Salvador in 1989
God wills the interdependence of creatures. The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle and the sparrow: the spectacle of their countless diversities and inequalities tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other.
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, 340
Thoughts for Your Consideration
The authority of Jesus comes from the power of the truth (John 18) and comes “out of the heavens” (Daniel 7). In other words, it comes from someplace other than the kingly power represented by Pilate. It does not come out of military power, economic domination, threats of violence and abuse, the consumption of or accumulation of things, popularity contests, presentations in the media, or even election results. It comes out of the power of truth and compassionate love.
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