The King of the Lord of the Rings and King of the cross of Christ the King

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THE KING OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS AND THE KING OF THE CROSS CHRIST THE KING

Just because he gave himself totally, Jesus can bring the thief in Paradise, in his kingdom. And so, event of the crucifixion, can lead each of us to Heaven; we reflect that originally we received our life for an act of free donation and free of God. And even the freedom from sin there is always freely given and freely on the cross. So from now on we can also partake of Jesus' kingship.

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

The Lord of the Rings: "The Return of the King"

recently it has been translated again the splendid work of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. For us younger, between the various stories he is impressed The Return of the King, third book of the trilogy in which the intrepid Aragorn Strider, After the stunning final victory against Sauron - ring destruction by Frodo - he is crowned King of Gondor. The story of Aragorn reminds us of an enchanted kingdom, but where the good has definitely won over evil and death. So there is this king who, after a series of adventures is finally crowned and glorified.

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The feast of Christ the King Today the universal Church celebrates, It is first and foremost the Lord, then it affects all of us. We read in the first reading from the Old Testament Book of II Samuel:

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"And it went all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron, King David a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king of Israel! ".

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The people of Israel formed an alliance with the Lord, earlier, He had told David to shepherd his people. From historical books we know that King David is an important time, but with many weaknesses and falls, very serious. This is reminiscent of how well we are weak, despite the great faith we have in the Lord. But this should not make us sad or hopeless. In fact, the Lord Jesus Himself, It takes our strength, weakness and fragility and unites Him. In doing so elevates. He therefore added to his throne, which it is the cross, tell us how the words of the Gospel of St. Luke:

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"The thief said: "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom ". He answered: "Verily I say unto thee: Today will be with me in Paradise ' ".

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The repentant thief recognizes the royalty of Jesus. The kingship was just to sit on the tree, and from there it was made king: because it lowered, while remaining God, in a total gift to us.

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Just because he gave himself totally, Jesus can bring the thief in Paradise, in his kingdom. And so, event of the crucifixion, can lead each of us to Heaven. reflect: originally we received our life for an act of free donation and free of God. And even the freedom from sin there is always freely given and freely on the cross. So from now on we can also partake of Jesus' kingship.

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We are already baptized with the children in the Son, ie children of God. Now we can become rulers in the only King. On this tells us something St. Paul the Apostle in the hymn of Colossians:

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"Brothers, give thanks to the Father who has made you able to share in the inheritance of the saints in light ".

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This the inheritance of the saints, It implies that in Christ we become kings with Him. This happens every time we give ourselves totally to God and neighbor. When I say I think next donation to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. It is a donation merciful, which does not claim a gain monetary or moral. We accomplish work towards a poor in spirit, and the Lord gives us his joy and his love as only reward. And then really we enjoy God's kingdom.

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He wrote the French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion:

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"Love is not given if not abandoning, continually transgressing the limits of his gift, until transplanted beside himself ".

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Lord help us to get out of the selfish ego sores and trapiantarci in your tender and loving neglect to give you to you, high eternal Trinity.

Amen.

Rome, 24 November 2019

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2 thoughts on "The King of the Lord of the Rings and King of the cross of Christ the King

  1. “And so, event of the crucifixion, can lead each of us to Heaven. reflect: originally we received our life for an act of free donation and free of God. And even the freedom from sin there is always freely given and freely on the cross. So from now on we can also partake of Jesus' kingship.”

    … event of the crucifixion can lead each of us to Heaven. He could not give us the gift of Paradise regardless of crucifixion?

    1. "Here, I stand at the door and knock;. If someone HEAR my voice and opens the door, I will come, I sup with him and he with me " (AP 3,20).

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