Season of the Kingdom

Season of the Kingdom, of the Living Seasons of Change series, includes All Saints Day and the final feast day of the year Christ the King.  The show airs November 2007 on Catholic radio KDUA hosted by Patti Brunner and Monsignor David LeSieur, VF, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock. The Kingdom of God is breaking through as we continue to pray “your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”.  Christ, who is our King forever, protects and nourishes us.  Our loyalty brings the responsibilities of obedience and the rewards of the Beatitudes.  See outline and references below.  Copies of this program are available on CD.  Please enter Ref. LSC 113-C on the Books  mail order form.

Outline of Season of the Kingdom

We are a nation of laws in America.  We understand that laws are written to protect our rights, to keep order in society, to prosecute those who would harm our citizens, especially those unable to defend themselves, and allow for redress when harm has been done.  We elect leaders, exercising our right and our duty to vote.  When we put the individual above the law, the community can suffer.
In this final season of the liturgical year, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King—not Christ the senator or Christ the President.  In countries where a monarchy is still used, you can trace the blood line to discern who has the right to ascend the Throne.  In Jesus we have a royal bloodline; Jesus is a descendant of King David, whom God promised there would be a heir forever. As Son of God, Jesus is also entitled to inherit. Adam was first given paradise, but it was lost.
What is a King?
Ruler, absolute power
Given the charge to protect & nourish citizens
Pass on the blood line; stability
Restoration of the kingdom
Disintegration caused by sin & freewill choices
Battle to conquer;
Terms of an earthly kingdom but Jesus taught us to pray “thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”  We look around us and we don’t see heaven on earth—yet.
So we turn our eyes toward heaven and we place our hope in a better place.  A kingdom where all are happy, where sickness, infirmity and all suffering is banished and where peace shall reign in our hearts.
Although the kingdom of God is not a democracy, we still have responsibilities.  God calls us to obedience.  He also calls us to plow and sow the fields of the world, spreading truth and, setting the harvester’s pace so that we might have peace though out our land
What are the rights and duties of the ‘citizens’ of the kingdom of God? 
Story of the widow’s mite; it is our duty to take what God has given us and use it for his Glory.  God does not call us to stinginess, not to hide our light under a bushel basket, not to hide it in fear.  God calls us to step forward to give and to share.  Like the empty containers that were filled through the visit of the prophet Elijah we must have need for God.  If we are self-reliant, self sufficient we set up our own kingdoms.
God calls us to be kings, priests and prophets—but always within His kingdom, under his authority, under his banner of love.
 

References and Resources

Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]

New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]

Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.  

2 Samuel 7:12-13   descendant of David, king foreverLuke 17: 21 “the kingdom of God is in the midst of you”

Acts 16:18 Jesus is so powerful that even his name causes demons to fleeLuke 5:39 “And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, the old is better.”Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph CCC 542 “But above all in the great Paschal mystery—his death on the cross and his Resurrection—he would accomplish the coming of his kingdom.” Acts 1: 6 “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  RSVColossians 1:12-20 List of our inheritance2 Maccabees 7:2, 9   the King of the World will lift us up to live again forever Luke 20:27-38 Sadducees deny resurrection, seven brothers marry same womanWorkbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers 2007. Year C. James Weaver p 303 “The Resurrection of the dead, a belief held by many Pharisees, was not a doctrine the Sadducees found in the law and they, therefore, denied it.”

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 vision of a great multitude standing before the throne of God

32nd Sunday 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 seven brothers arrested with mother, martyred.

Martyr in Brazil: 2005, Maryknoll Sister Dorothy Stang.  Martyrs in San Salvador: 1980, the Archbishop Oscar Romero; December 1980, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, Maryknoll Sisters, Maura Clark and Ita Ford and lay missionary Jean Donovan; 1989, 6 Jesuits and two of their household . 

ON EVANGELIZATION IN THE MODERN WORLD, Apostolic Exhortation by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, EVANGELII NUNTIANDI December 8, 1975. Proclamation of the kingdom of God. “8. As an evangelizer, Christ first of all proclaims a kingdom, the kingdom of God; and this is so important that, by comparison, everything else becomes “the rest,” which is “given in addition.””

2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 our duties as members of the Kingdom.  “Toiling, drudgery, night and day we work so as to not to be a burden to others”

1 Timothy 6:12  and 1 Timothy 1:18-19 “fight the good fight”

1 Samuel 8:11 “He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.” 

Luke 21:1-4 and Mark 12:41-44 Widow’s mite

1 Kings 17:8-16  Elijah and the widow’s oil

Malachi 3:19-20a Judgement “day is coming”;  fire “leaving neither root nor branch” Luke 21:5-19 end times “signs will come from the sky” but first deception, war, earthquakes, persecution; God himself will give us wisdom in speaking our testimony; death but not destruction

Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 675, warns us that “before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers; also Cf. Luke 18:8, Mt 24:12

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1042, “at the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness.  After the universal judgment, the righteous will reign for ever with Christ, glorified in body and soul.  The universe itself will be renewed.”

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Jesus told his disciples there will be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars and on earth nations will be in dismay.  He tells us to be vigilant at all times and pray that we have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man who shall come in a cloud with power and great glory.

Readings for Season of the Kingdom see Readings & Catechism

31st Sunday Ordinary
Wisdom 11:22-12:2    whole universes is as a grain or dewdrop to God

2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2  Pray that we might be worthy of our calling

Luke 19: 1-10  Wealthy Zacchaeus came down from the tree quickly & received Jesus with Joy and was transformed; he gave half of his possessions to the poor
 

All Saints Day
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 vision of a great multitude standing before the throne of God

1 John 3:1-3 we are God’s children; the world does not know us Matthew 5:1-12a Beatitudes

32nd Sunday Ordinary
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 Seven sons arrested and tortured rather than break God’s dietary law
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5  “what we instruct you, you are doing and will continue to do”Luke 20:27-38 Sadducees deny resurrection, 7 brothers marry same woman

33rd Sunday Ordinary
Malachi 3:19-20a Judgement “day is coming”; fire “leaving neither root nor branch”

2 Thessalonians 3:7-12   imitate us; work so as to not be a burden

Luke 21:5-19 end times “signs will come from the sky” but first deception, war, earthquakes, persecution; God himself will give us wisdom in speaking our testimony; death but not destruction

Christ the King
2 Samuel 5:1-3 David anointed as king of Israel

Colossians 1:12-20 List of our inheritance

Luke 23:35-43 “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom”