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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (B)

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Gospel text (Jn 18:33b-37): So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king." Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?" Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here." So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, the Gospel reminds us of the dramatic interrogation to which Pontius Pilate subjected 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.