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Christ Jesus, a different kind of king - King of the human heart
Christ Jesus, a different kind of king - King of the human heart
Christ Jesus, a different kind of king - King of the human heart
Christ Jesus, a different kind of king - King of the human heart
 
 
 

 
 

Jesus and the children; Stained glass window; Mausoleum of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California;
Window: workshop of Franz Borgias Mayer (1848-1926); Photo: Andreas Praefcke;
commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
Feast of Christ the King
Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap. based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew 25:31-46, on the Vigil of the Feast of Christ the King at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; November 25, 2017

I don’t know about you, but when I think of royalty, I think of three things basically: power, posessions and privilege. Now we Americans are not too familiar with royalty. It’s not part of our tradition. As a matter of fact, we rejected royalty as a nation, in the eighteenth century, in our revolution. So royalty is a little bit foreign to us residents of the United States of America. But, generally speaking, when we think of royalty, I think we think of people who have a special place in society; they have special resources at their disposal, and people treat them in a special way. They are privileged.

We today, as a church throughout the world, will celebrate Christ as our King and, maybe, the first temptation is to think of Christ in those categories of that we abscribe to other royal people: power, possessions, priviledge.

However, Jesus Christ is a very different kind of king. And the kingdom of Jesus Christ and His royalty has absolutely nothing to do with earthly power, possessions or priviledge.

We celebrate a king who was born in a stable, a barn. We celebrate a king who worked by the sweat of his brow and the strength of His hands; for decades, as a carpenter. We celebrate a king who never got to a higher degree of learning. And we celebrate a king who, at the end of his life, wore a crown; hardly of gold, but a crown of thorns. A crown of pain which he suffered and accepted, for everyone. We celebrate a king who died as a common criminal, in Golgotha. This is not the way we usually portray royalty. And that’s because, Jesus Christ, our King, is King of the human heart!

The human heart: that’s where Jesus Christ finds His throne of victory. That’s where Jesus Christ is enthroned in His ultimate glory, when Jesus Christ has a place in your heart, and in my heart. That’s the kingdom of God. That’s His kingdom! And His throne in our heart is a throne of love and charity. Not of precious gems and gold, but of love and charity.

And when you and I place in our hearts the virtues of love and charity and patience and mercy and forgiveness, we build the thrones in our hearts with Jesus Christ our King who can stay and be seated and can continue his work in this world: the work of mercy and charity and love through us. And when that happens His royal glory is evident. It is manifest to the world.

The Gospel that the Church gives to us tonight explains that very, very well. When indeed, this world and the earth as we know it passes away, a new heaven and a new earth is established. And when Jesus Christ comes again in glory, His questions to us, both living and dead at the time will be questions, not about theology, not about sciences of human knowledge, but rather, questions about charity.

Did you take care of people when they were hungry? Did you take care of people when they were thirsty? Did you take care of people when they had nothing, not even anything to wear? Were you charitable with them? Did you visit those who were at the edge of society? Did you visit those who were at the edge of life, those who were sick? Those are the questions that our king of charity, the king of our hearts, of each one of us, when he comes again, will ask: it all depends on charity. Our salvation, our eternal salvation depends on our ability, in this life, while we are on this earth, to extend all these beautiful virtues that belong to Jesus Christ Himself, to the world.

There are going to be no questions other than questions concerning how charitable, how merciful, how patient and how understanding we were to one another, and especially to those who are poor, and in need; spiritually poor, physically poor, mentally poor, religiously poor, intellectually poor. And that’s because the kingdom of Jesus Christ and the royalty of Jesus Christ is all about the human heart, and how to bring up the very best in the human person on a daily basis, the very best that God has already given to us, and how to extend that into the world just as He did when he was in our world.

This is a very different king. A king who has no concern for power, for priviledge or possessions. But this is a king who has deep concern for the human heart, and the human person, and the capacity that each of us possess to love and to be loved.

Today we celebrate the last year in our Church’s calendar and we enter into Advent next week. It’s time to look into our hearts. It is time to ask ourselves this question: have I prepared the only throne in my heart that Jesus Christ will feel comfortable abiding in? Have I prepared a heart, a dwelling place for Jesus Christ, of charity, forbeareance, understanding, patience, generosity, and love? And if you and I can answer “yes” to those questions, we will then, be saved.





 
Feast of Christ the King
Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap. based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew 25:31-46, on the Vigil of the Feast of Christ the King at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; November 25, 2017

I don’t know about you, but when I think of royalty, I think of three things basically: power, posessions and privilege. Now we Americans are not too familiar with royalty. It’s not part of our tradition. As a matter of fact, we rejected royalty as a nation, in the eighteenth century, in our revolution. So royalty is a little bit foreign to us residents of the United States of America. But, generally speaking, when we think of royalty, I think we think of people who have a special place in society; they have special resources at their disposal, and people treat them in a special way. They are privileged.

We today, as a church throughout the world, will celebrate Christ as our King and, maybe, the first temptation is to think of Christ in those categories of that we abscribe to other royal people: power, possessions, priviledge.

However, Jesus Christ is a very different kind of king. And the kingdom of Jesus Christ and His royalty has absolutely nothing to do with earthly power, possessions or priviledge.

We celebrate a king who was born in a stable, a barn. We celebrate a king who worked by the sweat of his brow and the strength of His hands; for decades, as a carpenter. We celebrate a king who never got to a higher degree of learning. And we celebrate a king who, at the end of his life, wore a crown; hardly of gold, but a crown of thorns. A crown of pain which he suffered and accepted, for everyone. We celebrate a king who died as a common criminal, in Golgotha. This is not the way we usually portray royalty. And that’s because, Jesus Christ, our King, is King of the human heart!

The human heart: that’s where Jesus Christ finds His throne of victory. That’s where Jesus Christ is enthroned in His ultimate glory, when Jesus Christ has a place in your heart, and in my heart. That’s the kingdom of God. That’s His kingdom! And His throne in our heart is a throne of love and charity. Not of precious gems and gold, but of love and charity.

And when you and I place in our hearts the virtues of love and charity and patience and mercy and forgiveness, we build the thrones in our hearts with Jesus Christ our King who can stay and be seated and can continue his work in this world: the work of mercy and charity and love through us. And when that happens His royal glory is evident. It is manifest to the world.

The Gospel that the Church gives to us tonight explains that very, very well. When indeed, this world and the earth as we know it passes away, a new heaven and a new earth is established. And when Jesus Christ comes again in glory, His questions to us, both living and dead at the time will be questions, not about theology, not about sciences of human knowledge, but rather, questions about charity.

Did you take care of people when they were hungry? Did you take care of people when they were thirsty? Did you take care of people when they had nothing, not even anything to wear? Were you charitable with them? Did you visit those who were at the edge of society? Did you visit those who were at the edge of life, those who were sick? Those are the questions that our king of charity, the king of our hearts, of each one of us, when he comes again, will ask: it all depends on charity. Our salvation, our eternal salvation depends on our ability, in this life, while we are on this earth, to extend all these beautiful virtues that belong to Jesus Christ Himself, to the world.

There are going to be no questions other than questions concerning how charitable, how merciful, how patient and how understanding we were to one another, and especially to those who are poor, and in need; spiritually poor, physically poor, mentally poor, religiously poor, intellectually poor. And that’s because the kingdom of Jesus Christ and the royalty of Jesus Christ is all about the human heart, and how to bring up the very best in the human person on a daily basis, the very best that God has already given to us, and how to extend that into the world just as He did when he was in our world.

This is a very different king. A king who has no concern for power, for priviledge or possessions. But this is a king who has deep concern for the human heart, and the human person, and the capacity that each of us possess to love and to be loved.

Today we celebrate the last year in our Church’s calendar and we enter into Advent next week. It’s time to look into our hearts. It is time to ask ourselves this question: have I prepared the only throne in my heart that Jesus Christ will feel comfortable abiding in? Have I prepared a heart, a dwelling place for Jesus Christ, of charity, forbeareance, understanding, patience, generosity, and love? And if you and I can answer “yes” to those questions, we will then, be saved.





 
 
 
 
November 25, 2017 - Vigil of the Feast of Christ the King - Christ Jesus, a different kind of king - King of the human heart, from a homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap.


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.