Little Whispers

King Of Hearts

First Reading
DN 7:13-14

As the visions during the night continued, I saw
one like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
when he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 93:1, 1-2, 5
R. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.

The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting you are, O LORD.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed;
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.
R. The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.

Second Reading
RV 1:5-8

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
Yes. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God,
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”

Gospel
JN 18:33B-37

Pilate said to Jesus,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”



“My kingdom does not belong to this world.” (John 18:36)

REFLECTION

I grew up watching Disney princesses in their loveliest gowns and shiny shimmery tiaras. As a child, I spent hours daydreaming and pretending to be one myself, living in a castle and imposing my decrees on my constituents (Mr. Teddy and Barbie). I’d make myself pretend crowns and cherish every chance I get to wear a gown. I even agreed to join a sagala and did not mind wearing the itchy flower girl gown of yesteryears just to satisfy my dreamy princess-y whims. And don’t forget about the gallant prince who always saves the day!

Fast forward to a couple of decades later, that dream lives on in every child. I’d see my students twirling in their (imaginary) princess costumes and fight over the crowns in our dramatic play corner. It’s truly every little child’s dream to be royalty. There’s just something about kings, queens, princes and princesses that tickle our fancy. They are special. They are highly regarded. They are revered.

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ as King of the Universe. Yet, a quick look at the cross shows such great irony. Our King, in shabby clothes, with thorns for a crown hanging bloodied, lifeless and cold, is a far cry from the mighty kings and dreamy princesses of our childhood fantasies. As our great King, isn’t He supposed to be special? Isn’t He supposed to be highly regarded? Isn’t he supposed to be revered?

Truly, Jesus’ kingship is not of this world. Instead of being protected by the bravest knights, He took the fall and saved us from our sins. Instead of sitting on a mighty throne, He hangs on the lowly cross. Instead of living in the grandest castle, He finds His place only in our (ever so cluttered) hearts. And I believe this should be enough for Him to have the top spot in our lives.

Jesus did not ask for all the riches of this world, for all the fancy titles man can think of or for all the vast lands in this universe… He only asks of one thing and that is to be the King of our hearts.

Are you ready to give your heart to the one who gave it all?

Reflection Song

The Stand by Hillsong

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