Jesus refers to a kingdom that does not belong to this world.
This has been mentioned earlier in John’s Gospel. Recall that in
his prayer during the Last Supper discourse, Jesus prayed for
his disciples who are in the world but do not belong to the
world. Yet like Jesus, they are sent into the world for the
world’s salvation. In today’s reading, we see Jesus identify the
final proof that his kingdom is not of this world: If his
kingdom were of this world, then there would be people fighting
to save him. Again we hear echoes of John’s theme - salvation is
worked out through a cosmic battle. It is helpful to return to
the first chapter of John’s Gospel to understand the context for
Jesus’ words to Pilate. Jesus came into the world, but the world
did not know him. In John’s language, the world prefers the
darkness, and yet the light will not be overcome by the
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OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
November 25, 2018
Truth has been another important theme in John’s Gospel. We see
it emphasized in the conclusion of the dialogue between Jesus
and Pilate. Those who know the truth will recognize Jesus as
king and will know how to interpret this insight. Yet Jesus’
kingship was hidden from many of his contemporaries. Only those
chosen, those who have the eyes of faith, are able to see. As
modern disciples of Jesus, we also struggle at times to
recognize Jesus as king. Today’s Gospel invites us to see with
eyes of faith that we might recognize that Jesus, through his
crucifixion and death, is indeed king and Savior of all.
THE WORD OF THE LORD!
Readings for next Sunday
December 2, 2018
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Jeremiah 33: 14 - 16
Psalm 25: 4 - 5, 8 - 9,
1 Thessalonians 3: 12 - 4: 2
Luke 21: 25 - 28,
34 - 36