Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
May 22, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Solemnity of Christ the King

Reading I : Daniel 7:13-14

The Son of Man will come on a cloud.

  • The reading from Daniel is part of a vision of the victory of God’s kingdom over all human kingdoms.
  • The kingdom of God appears as a human who comes from heaven, God’s domain.
  • God presents everlasting kingdom, power and glory to the human (“son of man”).

Reading II : Revelation 1:5-8

Jesus is the faithful witness.

  • The Book of Revelation, written during the Roman persecution at the end of the first century, looks forward to the return of Jesus and the establishment of God’s kingdom.
  • The reading portrays Jesus as the Son of Man, the witness to the truth of resurrection and the hope for everlasting life.
  • Jesus is the victor over all earthly rulers and has made God’s people into a royal nation, a nation of priests.

Gospel : John 18:33b-37

My kingdom does not belong to this world.

  • The Gospel of John presents Christ the King in a different light.
  • During his lifetime Jesus bears the title of ruler only at his most vulnerable moments.
  • Jesus rejects the title, “King of the Jews,” that Pilate gave to him because his kingdom is not of this world, he is the Messiah sent from heaven.