Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
This past Thursday and this weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving. It's a day when we remember the founders of our nation who fled the rule of a tyranny by a king to start a new life. Many were Christians who wanted to worship by their tradition and not what the ruling government told them. Over the ages, religious groups and secular governments or kingdoms have had to balance their relationships. Kingdoms and secular leaders don't want church officials telling them how to operate, and churches don't want government interfering in their worship. Our nation today still operates in this fashion. It's interesting that this weekend, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, also known as Christ the King Sunday. The reading from John's Gospel finds Pilate questioning Jesus about his kingship and the relationship with the roman authorities, the Jewish authorities and Jesus's assertion of his kingdom. Why does the Church have a day in honor of Jesus who is King? We are reminded this Sunday that while we are to give our governments respect and authority on certain secular matters, God is our ultimate authority for all our actions, even when they clash with certain secular laws. As Christians we are called to stand up courageously and speak out when we see injustice to others. God will give us the grace and voice to do what is right. Have courage today to live the gospel in all matters both at home, work and in your community.