“What have you done?” (Jn 18: 35b)

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald SND. on 11/20/2015

in Ordinary Time

Solemnity of Christ the King — Cycle B

November 22, 2015

“What have you done?” (Jn 18: 35b)  

The Kingdom of God is…

  • A space,
  • A time,
  • Is in the past and present, and is
  • A condition.

The space can be anywhere in the world, in a country, a state, a city, a parish or a home.

The when becomes the time of people living the Works of Mercy, Advocating for justice,

Overcoming prejudices, and Passing on the faith through evangelization.

The past is the age of Jesus and the present is the work of the People of God, performing

The Social Principles of the Church.

Finally, “the Kingdom of God is a condition. Its symptoms are love, justice and peace.”

Imagine yourself before Pilate. What would you say if he asked you, “What have you done?”

(Reflection on U.S. Bishops, The Perspective of Justice, Economic Justice for All, 1986:41)


For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Where is this Kingdom of God?
  2. Presently, what does our earthly Kingdom look like compared to the Kingdom of Heaven?
  3. Which is the easiest Work of Mercy for you to perform?
  4. When was the last time you acted upon the Social Principles of the Church?
  5. How have you passed on the Faith to others?
  6. Name some organizations in your parish that work for justice and peace?

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