Pleroma: Contemplating the Glory of Christ the King

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Pleroma: The fullness of Time, the fullness of Eternity, the fullness of love, the fullness of joy, anticipation of the Beatific Vision, which satisfies all of our heart's desires forever and ever. Amen.

Preface for the feast
You anointed Jesus Christ, Your only Son,
with the oil of gladness,
as the eternal priest and universal king.
As priest He offered His life on the altar of the cross
and redeemed the human race by this one perfect sacrifice of peace.
As king He claims dominion over all creation,
that He may present to You, His almighty Father,
an eternal and universal kingdom:
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.
"Heaven and earth are full of your glory!"

Seven Sundays

Seven days of Creation

Seven weeks of the Easter Season

Seven Sundays

Seven days of Creation

Seven weeks of the Easter Season

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A

Isa 25:6-10a
Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Phil 4:10-14, 19-20 ++
Matt 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Year B

Wis 7:7-11
Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Heb 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

Year C

2 Kgs 5:14-17
Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
2 Tim 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A

Isa 45:1, 4-6
Ps 96:1+3, 4-5, 7-8, 9+10ac
1 Thess 1:1-5b
Matt 22:15-21

Year B

Isa 53:4, 10-11 ++
Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20+22
Heb 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

Year C

Exod 17:8-13
Ps 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2 Tim 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A

Exod 22:21-27
Ps 18:1-2, 3+6b, 46+50ab
1 Thess 1:5c-10
Matt 22:34-40

Year B

Jer 31:7-9
Ps 126:1-2a, 2b-3, 4-5, 6
Heb 5:1-6
Mark 10:46b-52

Year C

Sir 35:15-17, 20-22
Ps 34:1-2, 16-17, 18+22
2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A

Mal 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10
Ps 131:1, 2, 3
1 Thess 2:7b-9, 13
Matt 23:1-12

Year B

Deut 6:2-6
Ps 18:1-2, 3+6b, 46+50ab
Heb 7:23-28
Mark 12:28-34

Year C

Wis 11:22-12:1
Ps 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13cd-14
2 Thess 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A

Wis 6:12-16
Ps 63:1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7
1 Thess 4:13-18 or 4:13-14
Matt 25:1-13

Year B

1 Kgs 17:10-16
Ps 146: 6c-7, 8-9a, 9b-10
Heb 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

Year C

2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14 ++
Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8+15
2 Thess 2:16-3:5
Luke 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A

Prov 31:10-13, 16-18, 20, 26, 28-31 ++
Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
1 Thess 5:1-6
Matt 24:36; 25:14-30 ++

Year B

Dan 12:1-3
Ps 16:5+8, 9-10, 11
Heb 10:11-14, 18
Mark 13:24-32

Year C

Mal 3:19-20a
Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9
2 Thess 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

Christ, the King

Year A

Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17
Ps 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
1 Cor 15:20-26, 28
Matt 25:31-46

Year B

Dan 7:13-14
Ps 93:1ab, 1c-2, 5
Rev 1:5-8
John 18:33b-37

Year C

2 Sam 5:1-3 David, a shepherd, anointed as King of Israel
Ps 122:1-2, 3-4a, 4b-5, 6-7, 8-9 Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord
Col 1:12-20 "All things were created through him and for him."

"For in him all the fullness [pleroma] was pleased to dwell" (19).

Luke 23:35-43 "This is the King of the Jews."

"Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom."

A secret season

A celebration of love, justice, and joy.

The only season that is primarily future-oriented.

The second Advent fulfills the first.

- Not mandated by the Church.
- Not forbidden by the Church.
- No decorations.
- No special vestments for the first six Sundays. Gold on the feast of Christ the King.
- Entirely inward.
- A motif. Something to think about from time to time. Mindfulness of eternity: "Time is short, eternity long" (John Henry Newman).
- A beatifying vision of the Beatific Vision. We know how the story ends: Love wins, and we will all live happily forever!

Pleroma is the consummation of ordinary time.

A time to seek the grace of the contemplatio ad amorem.

The culmination of God's plan of salvation.

The culmination of all of our deepest desires.

The culmination of creation.

The culmination of the liturgical year.

A joyful season.

"Already but not yet."

- The Kingdom has come.
- The Kingdom is within us.
- The Kingdom is not yet fully realized.

Mark 1:15

Luke 10:9.11, 21:31

"Viva Cristo Re!"


In this part of our lives, evil is evident and love is hidden.

God veils Himself from us through the gift of the universe.

Links

The Catholic Lectionary Website, compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.