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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Weekly Gospel Reflection
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

November 23, 2014—Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

  Matthew 25:31-46

by
Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe proclaims that Jesus Christ is the Center and Lord of our lives. We are created in his image, and our eternal destiny, our salvation, depends on him.

Today’s Gospel teaches us an essential truth about salvation. There are those who claim that salvation comes by "faith alone," and by "accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior." They quote Romans 10:9, where Paul states that "...if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." They quote Romans 10:13: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." But what does it mean to confess and believe and call on? It means more than merely saying words. The words must lead to works. Jesus warned: "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 7:21). Paul wrote to the Philippians: "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). Salvation does not come not by faith alone.

Rather, we are saved by the grace of Jesus, won for us by his life, death, and Resurrection. We access that grace by faith, and faith is real only when it finds expression in good works. In today’s Gospel Jesus teaches that salvation is granted to those who do God’s will by serving others: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food...."

And as we honor Jesus today, we also honor Mary. In the Bible, the queen is not the wife of the king, but his mother. Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, shows us how to put faith in Jesus by doing God’s will and serving others. As our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, she intercedes for us, bringing us the grace of her Son. With her, we worship Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.


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