Reading Reflections: Feast of Christ the King, Gospel B

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Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" 

The religious leaders had already informed Pilate that Jesus has been talking about establishing a new kingdom. Pilate could not ignore this information, so he questioned Jesus about his intentions. If Jesus was attempting to set up a kingdom in opposition to the Roman Empire this would be treason and sufficient grounds for execution. Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?" 
Jesus refuses to be caught up in the trap, so he responds by asking a question. Jesus knows the source of this question is his accusers. 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?"
Pilate was seeking the hidden agenda of the religious leaders. Pilate suspects that the leaders are trying to use him to do their dirty deed. 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." 
Jesus makes the distinction that he is not a political king in opposition to Roman authority. He has come to establish a spiritual kingdom. Thus, he doesn’t deny that he is a king but he clarifies that he is not a king in the sense that Pilate understands.
Jesus came to establish a kingdom in which God would rule over the hearts and minds of human beings.
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." Jesus came to testify to the truth of God’s revelation, his divine plan for us. This is the truth that gives life and sets us free to be who we are meant to be.
The point of our reflection must be the last statement of Jesus: "Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." How do we see ourselves responding to this statement of Jesus? What area of his message do we struggle the most?
                   To what is extent is Jesus the Lord and King of our lives? To what extent is he not? What
                  will we do to make the necessary change?

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