This Sunday is The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

This Sunday is The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

This Sunday is The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the UniverseThe rulers sneered at Jesus and said,
"He saved others, let him save himself
if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God."
Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out,
"If you are King of the Jews, save yourself."
Above him there was an inscription that read,
"This is the King of the Jews."

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
"Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us."
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
"Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal."
Then he said,
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
He replied to him,
"Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise."

Reflection:
This feast, often called Christ the King, presents to us the stark difference between the ways of God and the ways of man.  The rulers of this world, as our Lord told the Apostles, lord it over others and glorify and elevate themselves above all in wielding power.  To follow the way of Christ is to follow the path to the Cross - that is where we find our King. 

He offers himself up for us out of infinite love and spares nothing to draw us back to Him.  It will never be the way of the world, but His way will always overcome the evils and injustice of the world.

The good thief realizes this at the end of a life of crime when he asks only to be remembered by Jesus.  Jesus responds to this small request with more than the thief could have ever imagined - paradise - today!  An eternal paradise of love.   Jesus is a King worth following. us. - Scott Salvato, Director of Campus Ministries - Molloy College

Today is the Feast of St. Albert the Great
The Dominican saint and doctor of the Church known as Albertus Magnus was born around 1200 in Germany.  Sometime around the year 1223 or so, Albert experienced an encounter with the Blessed Virgin Mary. This encounter moved him so much that he chose to become a member of the Dominican Order. He thereafter studied theology.  One of his students was the famous Thomas Aquinas who would also become a doctor of the Church and a saint.

Albert made commentary on nearly all of Aristotle's works and also studied Islamic scholars who led the world in terms of scholarship, science, and medicine at the time.  During his life, Albert wrote thirty eight volumes covering topics ranging from philosophy to geography, astronomy, law, friendship, and love.

In 1254, Albert became the provincial of the Dominican Order. In 1260, he was appointed bishop of Regensburg, but refused to ride the horses provided and went everywhere on foot in keeping with his vow of poverty.  Albert died on November 15, 1280. 

He is the Patron Saint of scientists, philosophers, and medical technicians.

 
Faith Molloy is a collaboration of the Office of Mission and Advancement and the Office of Campus Ministries.

*Image courtesy of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Ayer, Massachusetts



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