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Scripture Reflection - November 26, 2023

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 | 1 Corinthians 12:20-26, 28 | Matthew 25:31-46

Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York Scripture Reflection

We recognize the end of the liturgical year as we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. Jesus, who died on the cross for each of us, also calls himself our shepherd. Not only did Jesus save us (as a king does for his people), but we are watched over by Jesus, who always tends to us as a shepherd does for his flock. Today’s reading from Matthew reminds us of how we are to care for each other – by doing the corporal works of mercy.

In today’s world, we are most certainly called to watch over and help those of us who are less fortunate. We are afforded many different ways to come to the aid of others. The question to ponder is, “Do we?” This is how we can strive to imitate Jesus.

We salute Jesus by acknowledging him as both king and shepherd. Here on earth, we await the time when Jesus will be our King, and we will be in his presence forever. If we practice what Jesus tells us to do for others, we will enjoy being with him and honoring his kingship.

Sheep follow their shepherd. So, too, we are called to follow Jesus as our shepherd – to follow what he suggests. As Jesus’ flock, we must ask ourselves the following: How do I practice the corporal works of mercy? How have I helped others and led them to meet Christ the King?

Let us pray:

Jesus, King of Kings and my Shepherd,

reign in my heart today and always.


Sr. Barbara Werner, OP


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