F1. Compare and contrast Jesus’ kingdom with countries that have powerful political organizations. List objectives of each. How would each define “service,” “ransom,” and “bloodshed”?
F2. What things hold power over you in your life? Are they good things or would you like to see them lose some of their hold?
S1. Christ “has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father.” The Jerusalem Bible says that in union with Jesus, the messianic priest, we will consecrate the universe to God in a sacrifice of praise. How can you cooperate in this consecration (making holy) of the universe to God?
S2. Does the universe that Christ consecrates to God include areas of your life or world that previously you might have considered outside the realm of “holy”? Discuss.
G1. Can we understand truth differently at different times? Was there a time when we accepted slavery, and do we now question the death penalty? Should the Church mature in judgment as we grow in understanding the truth?
G2. What does “testifying to the truth” mean? How did Jesus testify to the truth? According to Pope Francis’ homily for Christ the King, what is one way you can testify to the truth?
The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus’ works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom. The one who accomplishes these works shows that he has welcomed Christ’s sovereignty because he has opened his heart to God’s charity. In the twilight of life we will be judged on our love for, closeness to, and tenderness towards our brothers and sisters.
… Through his victory, Jesus has opened to us his kingdom. But it is for us to enter into it, beginning with our life now, by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity. If we truly love them, we will be willing to share with them what is most precious to us, Jesus himself and his Gospel.
Pope Francis: Homily for Christ the King,
Canonization Mass, Sunday, November 23, 2014
**From Saint Louis University