Five Minute Mass Reflection – Christ the King – Nov 23, 2014

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This Sunday we celebrate the last Sunday in the Church (Liturgical) year, the feast of Christ, the King.  The first reading is Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 (the Lord says “I will seek out and care for my sheep”), the responsory is Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want”), the second reading is 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 (in Adam all have died, and Christ in all shall be brought to life), and the Gospel is Matthew 25:31-46 (the Son of Man coming in His glory, separating the righteous and the damned like sheep and goats).

You can read the full text of the readings on the USCCB website, by clicking here.

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