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

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Gospel text (Lk 23:35-43): The 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... they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." The 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."

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, on the Cross, Jesus is "equal" to God, which is Love. We can recognize his "divine royalty." Jesus gives us the "life" because he gives us God. One of the criminals, aware of his sins, opens up to the truth and implores to the "King of the Jews": "Jesus, remember me." The "good thief" immediately receives forgiveness and the joy of entering the Kingdom of Christ.

—Jesus, from the throne of the Cross, welcomes all men with infinite mercy.