Readings on the Solemnity of Christ the King / C

First Reading
2 Sm 5:1–3

They anointed David king of Israel.

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

In those days, all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said:
   “Here we are, your bone and your flesh.
In days past, when Saul was our king,
   it was you who led the Israelites out and brought them back.
And the LORD said to you,
   ‘You shall shepherd my people Israel
   and shall be commander of Israel.’”
When all the elders of Israel came to David in Hebron,
   King David made an agreement with them there before the LORD,
   and they anointed him king of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm

R. :

R. (cf. 1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced because they said to me,
   “We will go up to the house of the Lord.”
And now we have set foot
   within your gates, O Jerusalem.

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Jerusalem, built as a city
   with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
   the tribes of the Lord.

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

According to the decree for Israel,
   to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
In it are set up judgment seats,
   seats for the house of David.

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Second Reading
Col 1:12–20

He transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
Let us give thanks to the Father,
   who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
He delivered us from the power of darkness
   and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
   in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

      He is the image of the invisible God,
         the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
      the visible and the invisible,
         whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
         all things were created through him and for him.
      He is before all things,
         and in him all things hold together.
      He is the head of the body, the church.
      He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
         that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
      For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
         and through him to reconcile all things for him,
         making peace by the blood of his cross
         through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Gospel Acclamation
Mk 11:9, 10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 23:35–43

Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The rulers sneered at Jesus and said,
   “He saved others, let him save himself
   if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.”
Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out,
   “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
Above him there was an inscription that read,
   “This is the King of the Jews.”

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
   “Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
   “Have you no fear of God,
   for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
   for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
   but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said,
   “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
   “Amen, I say to you,
   today you will be with me in Paradise.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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