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by Mike Heimbach, Class of 1975
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Recently, these words from today’s Gospel have come to hold special significance in my life.
Last month, my youngest brother, Marty passed away. He was forty-five years old. For Marty’s memorial service, I was blessed with the awesome opportunity of giving the eulogy. I was gratified and humbled to be able to share thoughts of my little brother with others.
As I prayed over the words that I wanted to share about Marty, one word in particular kept popping into my thoughts, legacy.
What was it about Marty that I wanted people to remember? Oh, I was able to rattle off quite a litany of Marty’s attributes and accomplishments. However, the core impression that my brother left with others could be captured in one brief sentence. Marty was a good guy.
On this Sunday, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. This is the final Sunday of the liturgical year. We close the book on another year of faith. As a way of reflecting on this past year, I thought that we could do so by meditating on Christ’s legacy with each of us. If we do indeed call him our King and Savior, then how do we practice the faith that Jesus Christ established for us? To assist in answering this question, I would invite you to reflect upon the following questions. For example:
• Are you a loyal follower of Jesus? If so, how do you show your allegiance?
• In today’s first reading, our Lord is depicted as the “shepherd of my people Israel” (2Sm 5:2). A shepherd protects his flock from evil and danger. From what forms of evil and danger does our Lord protect you?
• The psalmist calls upon us to “go rejoicing to the house of the Lord (Ps 122:1). How do you exhibit joyfulness and gratitude that Jesus is your Lord and Savior?
• In the second reading, Paul describes how the reign of Jesus Christ is pervasive throughout all of time and beyond. How do you bear witness to this never-ending kingdom?
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom? How is it that you choose to remember Jesus?