Feast of Christ The King November 25 Sunday
'Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum' meaning 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'.
I had a talk very early morning at the church, and its fully packed.. i struggled cause of dizziness maybe cause of the slight fever I have, ,Ive sweated, felt uncomfortable, mumbling the words i'm speaking, i walked around the podium so the audience might not notice my uneasiness..after a few minutes Ive paused and while I drink mineral water from a bottle, I approached the statue of Our Blessed Mother prominently displayed at the front, I've whispered a complaint" Mama Mary what is this? help me or ill stop this talk, before I collapsed and embarrassed our selves", and she seemed to have point to her Son hanging on the cross , the crucifix in my back hanging on the wall, in front of everyone with an INRI sign . ('Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum' meaning 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'the Latin title that Pontius Pilate had written over the head of Jesus Christ on the cross (John 19:19) , (Latin: Iēsūs/Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum) represents the Latin inscription which in English reads as "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews" and John 19:20 states that this was written in three languages — Aramaic, Latin, and Greek — during the crucifixion of Jesus. The Greek version of the initialism read ΙΝΒΙ, representing Ἰησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος ὁ Bασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων which is best translated, "Jesus the Nazorean, King of the Judeans.")
.His suffering and bloodied, at the point of dying vs my dizziness and sweating .. i remembered quickly the 3 am Crucified prayer I've prayed early this morning .."Lord I complain sometimes when I have a little misfortune, a wound or when I am sick or tired, rejected, despised or prosecuted. But you were covered through your entire body with painful wounds; you were pierced with pain by the crown of thorns, you were stripped of your flesh by the scourging, you were insulted with terrible blasphemies, you were spat upon, you were humiliated, you were inflicted new wounds upon your wounded shoulder by the crushing weight of the cross, you were inflicted more wounds upon your wounds by the brutal stripping of your garments, you were pierced painfully by the nails on the cross, you were hanged upon the cross to bleed painfully to death, you suffered asphyxiation as you found it very painful to breathe, and yet your physical agony was only part of your suffering compared to your spiritual agony because you are God, and your holy soul was sorrowful unto death as you surrendered your life in exchange for our eternal life. "
I looked at the crucifix with the INRI for a few seconds and the Lord seems to have told me " WILLY you want me to go down there and preached the Gospel myself and you take my place here? " Humiliated and embarrassed, I shifted the talk impromptu to the Crucified King of the Jews which is the Gospel reading for feast for the Solemnity of Christ the King Luke 23:35-43...
In the Gospel we are given a very different picture indeed. Twice in the passage, Jesus is referred to as the King of the Jews. Two other times he is called the Messiah. All these references are directed to Jesus as he hung on the cross and they are all made in mockery of him. Here we are presented with a man being executed in shame and ignominy, bleeding and battered on a cross, one of the cruellest and degrading punishments ever devised. Over his head are the mocking words: “This is the King of the Jews.” To every human imagination he does not look like a king. People are watching him die on the cross, as the leaders, soldiers and people too consider him a fraud and a failure. The test they are using is the challenge that if he is truly the king and messiah why he does not save himself and come down the cross. This indeed is the challenge before him of an earthly king like Caesar and a spiritual king like Jesus. Certainly we prefer those triumphant pictures where Jesus wears a crown and an expensively embroidered cloak with a sceptre in his hand as he looks down benignly on his subjects. The Church has chosen quite a different picture for today’s feast. It is to help us wake up out of our complacency and to become more aware of how Jesus came to be our King and what he expects from his subjects. The kingdom of God is about service, sacrifice and love.
Even while he is dying on the cross, Jesus reaches out to sinners with the gift of Salvation. This comes as one of the two criminals being crucified along with Jesus asks to be remembered when Jesus comes into his kingdom. Jesus grants him the salvation. The other criminal however, shows no sign of faith and continues the mockery of others.

What this criminal and others fail to understand the divine necessity of Jesus’ death. They do not realise that what he is really doing by dying on the cross is bringing about salvation for those who cannot save themselves. The passage clearly tells us that in spite of the mockery and insult, Jesus is truly the king and Saviour. The titles they gave him are true and accurate. Jesus redefines the true meaning of Kingship and the notion of the kingdom. This is not a competition of royalty but an expression of leadership that culminates in service. He shuns the status of power and might, domination and force as the moral and practical foundation for life. Jesus is truly the master and king.
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