Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
November 24, 2019
I rejoiced because they said to me, “We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
— Psalm 122:1
Dear Parish Family,
While the crucifixion of Jesus is common to all four gospels, it’s only in Luke that we hear that one of the criminals crucified with Jesus came to His defense when mocked by the other criminal. As we heard in today’s gospel, he then asked for and received our Lord’s promise of eternal life in Paradise.
According to tradition, that person’s name was Dismas, also known as “the Good Thief.” Legend has it that this was not the first time Dismas met Jesus. During the Holy Family’s escape to Egypt, when Herod wanted to kill “the newborn King of the Jews,” they were beset by robbers. Seeing the infant, one of the robbers persuaded the others to let the family go. According to legend, Dismas was that robber.
No matter what was the name of the Good Thief or legends surrounding him, Luke’s point is that it’s never too late to ask mercy from our Lord. While earthly kings and rulers might hesitate to grant pardons, maybe even set a time limit, a grace period, you cannot say that about Christ our King. He will never close the door to anyone who calls on Him for mercy.
In the Word,
Fr. Philip Danaher
First Reading — The Lord said to David, “You shall shepherd my people Israel” (2 Samuel 5:1-3).
Psalm — Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord (Psalm 122).
Second Reading — Thanks to the Father who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light (Colossians 1:12-20).
Gospel — Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom (Luke 23:35-43).
Readings for the Week
Monday: Dn 1:1-6, 8-20; Dn 3:52-56; Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday: Dn 2:31-45; Dn 3:57-61; Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday: Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; Dn 3:62-67; Lk 21:12-19
Thursday: Dn 6:12-28; Dn 3:68-74; Lk 21:20-28
Thanksgiving Day, Suggested:
Sir 50:22-24; Ps 145:2-11; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Lk 17:11-19
Friday: Dn 7:2-14; Dn 3:75-81; Lk 21:29-33
Saturday: Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 4:18-22
Sunday: Is 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44