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

Gospel text (Jn 18,33-37): Pilate asked Jesus, «Are you the King of the Jews?». Jesus replied, (…) «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 (…)».

Christ the King

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today's Gospel proposes to us anew part of the dramatic questioning to which Pontius Pilate subjected Jesus when he was handed over to him, accused of usurping the title, "King of the Jews". Jesus answered the Roman governor's questions by declaring that he was a king, but not of this world. He did not come to rule over peoples and territories but to set people free from the slavery of sin and to reconcile them with God.

It is not the power of the kings of this world; it is the divine power to give eternal life. It is the power of Love that can draw good from evil, that can melt a hardened heart, bring peace amid the harshest conflict and kindle hope in the thickest darkness. This Kingdom of Grace is never imposed and always respects our freedom.

—Let us ask Mary to help us too to follow Jesus, our King, as she did, and to bear witness to him with our entire existence.