November 22, 2008


Christ the King – A
Matthew 25: 31 – 46

The King Present in the Least Ones

The parable begins with a description of the majestic Son of Man coming in glory. He is identified as Son of Man, king, shepherd, and Son of God (indirectly, in referring to God as “my Father”). He is portrayed with phrases like “comes in glory,” “sits upon his glorious throne,” with the nations “assembled before him.”[1] He is definitely the majestic and victorious king.

It is then even more remarkable that this majestic king identifies himself with the hungry, the thirsty, strangers, the naked, the sick, and prisoners. Moreover, he even lowers himself to the level of “one of these least ones.”

In this way, through this parable, Jesus reminds us more than a moral demand of caring for the needy. In fact, he teaches us how we can live the mystery of the incarnation in our daily life. The Emmanuel, God-with-us, lives among us in the least ones. That is why he makes the second commandment of loving our neighbor “like” the first, namely, loving God. (Matthew 22:39)

[1] Meier, John P. Matthew. New Testament Message Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press; p. 302.

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