Christ the King

Today I will pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary in order to embark upon Holy Week with her guidance and intercession.
by Father David Daly, LC | Source: Catholic.net
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Matthew 27:11-31


Introductory Prayer:
Lord Jesus, make this the best Holy Week of my life. Help me and those I wish to close to me accompany you closely on the road to Calvary. Most of all, help me to understand in faith that all the events of this week — your passion, death and resurrection — were done out of a personal love for me. May the Eucharist be for me a key to understanding these mysteries and participating in them personally. If I were to contemplate you more often as you hang scourged and bloody upon the cross, I’m certain I would be able to rest in your love and base my actions on that one truth. I know that you have loved me with an eternal love: you have proven it there on the wood of the cross. So I long to respond with gratitude, peace and the firm determination to spread your love to everyone.


Petition:
Lord, in this meditation, I ask you to help my faith in you to grow.me begin Holy Week with a deep faith in order to understand more deeply your love for me.

1. Are You the King of the Jews?
Pilate, a non-believer, directs this question to Christ. It is a question that many in our contemporary society are asking and to which we have the answer. Christ is not only the King of the Jews, but the King of the Gentiles and the King of all men and women of all times, the Lord of life and history. He is the son of God. I must make this belief a reality in my life; I must make a deep act of faith in Christ in my prayer. Without this Christ-centered prayer, I would be like the people in the crowd on Palm Sunday who praised Christ when he entered Jerusalem in glory but who rejected him just a few days later. Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to believe in you!

2. His Blood Be on Us and on Our Children: .
These words reveal the passion of the crowd. This attitude prevented them from standing up for what they knew to be the will of God -- defending this good man who was unjustly condemned. We are no different. Each one of us in our own lives has betrayed the Lord through our own personal sins. We must live these days close to Christ in the Eucharist. The Holy Father says that the Church’s very “foundation and wellspring is the whole Triduum paschale, but this is as it were gathered up, foreshadowed and ‘concentrated’ forever in the gift of the Eucharist. In this gift Jesus Christ entrusted to his Church the perennial making present of the paschal mystery. With it he brought about a mysterious ‘oneness in time’ between that Triduum and the passage of the centuries” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, no.5).

3. Hail, King of the Jews!
These words of the Gospel were directed toward Christ as mockery and as an insult, signifying the total absence of faith in the son of God. The same words were used by those who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The same can happen with us. External impressions, emotions, peer pressure, pragmatism and many other influences, often nullify our faith.
Yet, some faithful followers — most notably the Blessed Virgin and St. John -- stayed with Christ with unwavering fidelity from the beginning until the end. Today Christ needs the same from us. May these words be on our lips forever: “Long live Christ the King!”

Dialogue with Christ:
Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the King of every soul. I realize that I have been unfaithful to you at different times in my life, but with joyful gratitude I thank you for your forgiveness. If you hadn’t gone through that sorrowful Holy Week, where would I be now? You certainly did it for me. May I respond with loyalty and gratitude forever.  

Resolution: Today I will pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary in order to embark upon Holy Week with her guidance and intercession.



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