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The Trial before Pilate

November 21, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

DN 7:13-14 PS 93:1, 1-2, 5 RV 1:5-8

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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."


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Bl. Miguel Agustín Pro (Feast Day November 23) 

January 13, 1891 – November 23, 1927 

Miguel was born in Guadalupe, Mexico in 1891. From an early age, he was intensely spiritual and equally mischievous, frequently exasperating his family with his humor and practical jokes. As a child, he was daring and sometimes went too far, tossing himself into near-death accidents and illnesses.


Miguel was particularly close to his older sister, and after she entered a cloistered convent, he came to recognize his own vocation to the priesthood. Although he was popular with the ladies and had prospects of a lucrative career, Miguel renounced everything for Christ his King and entered the Jesuits in 1911. 


In 1914, a tidal wave of anti-Catholicism crashed down upon Mexico, forcing him to flee to the United States. He was sent to Europe to finish his seminary formation and was ordained to the priesthood. When he returned to Mexico, his country was facing grave religious persecution. The churches were closed and priests went into hiding. Miguel spent the rest of his life ministering to peoples’ spiritual needs and helping the poor, often dressed as a beggar or police officer in order to remain hidden. 


Falsely accused in the bombing attempt on a former Mexican president, Fr. Pro became a wanted man. He was sentenced to death without the benefit of any legal process. On the day of his execution, Fr. Pro forgave his executioners, prayed, bravely refused the blindfold, and died proclaiming, "Viva Cristo Rey!" meaning, "Long live Christ the King!" 


Take time to chat

  • Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. Why do we call Jesus the King of the Universe?
  • What does a king do? In what way is Jesus your king?
  • What does Jesus mean when he says, “My kingdom does not belong to this world”?
  • What is the English translation of “Viva Cristo Rey”? What are some things you can do to put your life under the kingship of Jesus Christ?


Recipe of the week

Fudge Spoon Pie

On this Feast of Christ the King, enjoy this rich dessert you could serve to royalty!

½ cup butter

1 (1-oz) square unsweetened chocolate

1 cup sugar

½ cup flour

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 large eggs

Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stir often. Remove from heat, stir in sugar and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into a greased 8-inch square pan. Bake at 325 F for 22 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.


Family Fun

LEGO Kingdom

Today, Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God with Pilate. Find some LEGO or other blocks and build what you think the Kingdom of God looks like. You can have each family member create their own version or you can work together to build one together. Talk about what you built.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer


Take time to listen to the words of the Gloria and reflect on the kingship of Christ by praying it slowly, as a family.

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,

we bless you,

we adore you,

we glorify you,

we give you thanks for your great glory,

Lord God, heavenly King,

O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;

you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Just like Christ sits on his throne in heaven, the priest sits in the presider’s chair in the sanctuary of the church. The chair signifies the teaching, governing, and sanctifying role of the bishop in his diocese as successor of the apostles. By extension, every celebrant’s chair in a parish church signifies the priest’s headship during the sacred liturgy and his mission to sanctify and govern those in his care. Find the presider’s chair in your church and describe its features.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Learn how to say, "Long live Christ the King" in Spanish or another language you don't know.

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Fun Facts!

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Christ the King Sunday is the last day of the liturgical year. Next week begins a new Church year with the first week of Advent.