Cycle B

Good News #52

November 19, 2006

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

 

John 18:33-37 New American Bible

John 18:33-37 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

"My kingdom does not belong to this world.”

 

 

(This is the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, Cycle B, the Feast of Christ the King. Next Sunday begins a new Church year, Cycle C with the First Sunday in Advent.  Cycle B focused on Mark’s Gospel.   Cycle C will center on Luke’s Gospel.  The church uses John’s Gospel for special occasions when they think he said it best, such as today’s Gospel.)  
         
       Who do you say that Jesus is?  If God is the King in your life, you will be as rich as a king.  You will have the wealth of the Kingdom of God in heaven.  You will have the power of good over evil.  You will have the power to forgive yourself and others. 

          Would you rather watch a ballgame on television or spend a few minutes with God in prayer? Would you rather spend time with your aging Grandmother or play board games with your sister and brother?  Would you rather people give you presents for your birthday or bring clothing and food for a needy family? When you grow up, which would you choose…lots of money or being at peace with God. You can choose all of these things and still be at peace with God.  However, if things are not okay between you and God, then you need to put everything else aside and spend time with him.  If you are right with God, nothing else matters.  God is the most important being in your life here on earth.

          If you have an ear open to what God wants you to do, he will show you how to live. If you listen to his voice, he will tell you where to go.  He will tell you what to do.  He will show you how to act.  If you need help, he will provide it.  If you need wisdom, he will send the Holy Spirit to guide you.  If you need patience, he will send an angel to hold your hand.  If you need compassion and caring, he will open up your heart so you can feel love for others.  He will help you forgive the person who has hurt you over and over and over again. 

            It is sad to see people who are going around being as angry about something that happened to them many years ago.  If you know of someone like that, ask God to help that person forgive the people who hurt them.  The anger that is carried around does a lot of damage physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Here’s an example.

Suppose John hits Sarah with a baseball bat.  He didn’t mean to. He was outside practicing swinging when Sarah came up behind him. He asked God for forgiveness.  Sarah however stays very angry about it.  It’s five years later and she still gets mad every time she thinks about John hitting her with the baseball bat.  She thinks he meant to hit her.  This anger keeps her from enjoying inner peace.  Her insides churn each time she thinks about John hitting her with the baseball bat.  The energy she could spend making her life beautiful and enjoyable, she spends with her anger.  Sarah can talk with God and ask him to help her to forgive John. If she leaves it up to God to judge John’s behavior, she will be healthier spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Imagine that every time you need to talk with God, you could not talk to anyone else.  Everyone you saw would remind you of God.  If the phone rang, it would be God.  He would call you by name. “Child of mine, you and I need to talk.  Come and sit with me awhile.”

Every station on the radio, would say, “Child, we need to talk. Come to my corner of your world and talk with me.”

Every channel on the television would show a picture of God with his arms outstretched saying, “Come and spend some time with me.”

Every commercial would have a message from God.(Click here for commercial messages about God.)“I am like scotch tape…You can’t see me, but you know I’m there.”

Every billboard would have a message from God.(Click here for Billboard Messages from God.)That "Love Thy Neighbor” Thing, I Meant It." – God or “We need to talk – God.”

If you looked in a mirror, you would see God beside you with his hand resting on your shoulder.

(Draw a picture of God calling you for a little talk about your life. Make up a few other commercials or billboard message ideas.)

Would you choose to talk with God or would you ignore him?  God wants you to choose him. He wants you to ask him for help. He wants you to tell him how much you love him. He wants you to choose him as King of your life. Take time now to call God on his wireless phone.  You don’t even have to dial and he’s there for you. Tell God you are taking time right now to talk with him.  Then say the “Our Father.”  Thank God for your many blessings.  Tell him all of your problems and ask him for help.  You will receive the help you need.  For God is a good King, full of mercy, wisdom, and love and forgiveness for you. 

 

 

 “Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

 

 

Copyright © 2003 Joan Y. Edwards