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Liturgical day: Sunday 34th in Ordinary Time: Christ the King (B)

Gospel text (Jn 18,33-37): Pilate asked him, «So you are a king?». And Jesus answered, «Just as you say, I am a king». Pilate asked Jesus, «Are you the King of the Jews?». Jesus replied, «Does this word come from you, or did you hear it from others?». Pilate answered, «Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?». Jesus answered, «My kingship does not come from this world. If I were king like those of this world, my guards would have fought to save me from being handed over to the Jews. But my kingship is not from here». Pilate asked him, «So you are a king?». And Jesus answered, «Just as you say, I am a king. For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is on the side of truth hears my voice». Pilate said, «What is truth?».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, the Gospel reminds us part of the dramatic interrogation that Pontius Pilate subjected to Jesus. To the questions of the Roman governor, Jesus answered affirming that he was King, but not of this world. He did not come to dominate over nations and territories, but to free men from the slavery to sin and to reconcile them with God. Jesus has the divine power to give eternal life. It is the power of Love, which knows how to take good from evil, soften hardened hearts, bring peace to conflict ...

-This Kingdom of grace never imposes itself and always respects our freedom.