A THOUGHT ON “THE GOSPEL READING.”
"Christ the King Sunday." What is Truth?
Gospel Jn 18:33b-37
Pilate said to Jesus,
"Are you the King of the Jews?"
Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?"
Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?"
Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here."
So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?"
Jesus answered, "You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
Greetings in the name of our Lord JESUS Christ,
This Gospel summons to decision not only Pilate, but the church today as well. Johannine truth suggests an authenticity between belief and practice, a faithful witness that embodies the teaching of the Johannine Jesus. John’s Jesus is “the friend” who gives his life for others and washes their feet as a symbol of that loving service they are to embody. He is the Good Shepherd who not only seeks the lost, as in the Synoptic Gospels, but lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus’ kingdom does not belong to this world because it rejects the way of violence (18:36) and domination and the pretensions that mask truth. Pilate stands before Jesus and asks, “What is truth?” As people stand before the church today, will they ask the same question?
Some of us today find ourselves faced with so much information coming at us 24-7, we don’t take the time to find out what is truth because we fail to drink deep of the stream of knowledge. We put our faith in the media and hear-say. I will always remember a little girl saying to me “Bishop as Orthodox Christians we always have home work.”
Those who are learned will be as radiant as the sky in all its beauty; those who instruct the people in goodness will shine like the stars for all eternity (alleluia).
TODAY who is on the crown of your heart? JESUS CROWN HIM KING AND LORD OF YOUR HEART AND LIFE.
In the Master's Yoke,
+Archbishop James Salisbury Jr., OSB.
St. Simon the Cyrenian African Orthodox Church