Sunday, November 20, 2011

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King and Psalm 41

Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King.  Readings are here. I just typed that and wonder why it is we have a more special day to celebrate something we should be celebrating every day, but before I continue with my research I guess I have to think we do that with Christmas, Easter, and even our own birthdays.

The readings today are all about Jesus' kingship.  This is also the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, right before we head into the season of Advent.  Advent, by the way, is not all about Jesus' babyship, but rather His coming. "Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ's return."  Wikipedia.  Seems appropriate we'd celebrate our King then this week, the week before Advent.

I pulled up last year's entry at Father Z's blog here.  Two particularly relevant quotes:  "Today’s Solemnity is an anticipation of the season of Advent, which focuses on the different ways in which the Lord comes to us, especially in the Second Coming."  "The Solemnity of Christ the King brings to our attention the fact that the Lord is coming precisely as King and Judge not merely as friend or savior or role-model."

Psalm 41
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
(Psa 41:1-13)
Probably not being sung today (probability speaking), but one of the guys at RCIA brought up this song the other week.  We tried to get it on my phone and it just didn't work out.  But I do like the song, and here it is from You Tube just for you!

I also want you to know writing this post did not consume as much time as attempting to find a You Tube version I liked.  I was not successful.  I did discover there are several versions of the lyrics.  Same idea though.

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