Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


The Solemnity of Christ the King, November 24 (Cycle C) The First Sunday of Advent, December 1 (Cycle A)  
First Reading:  2 Samuel 5:1-3
Second Reading: Colossians 1:12-20 
Gospel: Luke 23:35-43
First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44
The Church labels this day The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Christ the King Sunday or The Reign of Christ Sunday. Either way the title refers to the teaching that Jesus fulfills three roles from the Old Testament: prophet, priest and king. Jesus came as a prophet in that he boldly spoke the truth and told God’s people what they needed to hear. Jesus acted as a priest in that he mediated between God and God’s people. Jesus came as king, which people acknowledge as they accepted his sovereignty over their lives.

During Advent we celebrate the coming of Christ not only more than two thousand years ago, but we look forward with joyful anticipation to Christ’s second coming. Today we read Matthew’s great discourse on the establishment of the Reign of God at the end of time. Jesus tells his followers that they must live their lives in such a way that they are ready to enter into reign at any time.


Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

Considering the scene painted in today’s Gospel, how do you explain the “good criminal’s request, “Jesus, remember me?”

If you were standing at the foot of the cross, what
what would your response be?

Relate an experience that made you stop and reflect on the way you live your life.

Tell about a time you were caught off guard. Reflecting back, how was God a part of that experience?


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Advent...a time of hopeful longing, joyful expectation, prayerful penance and spiritual preparation! Advent Confession times remaining: December 11 and December 18 at 7:00 p.m. There will be no formal service outside of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Confessions are also heard on Thursdays following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.