A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
Alpha and Omega
November 23, 2018
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, The one who is, who was and who is to come, the almighty.” Revelation 1.8
Alpha and Omega are the beginning and the end of the Greek alphabet and a name for Christ and God revealed to us in the Book of Revelation; the final book of the Bible. Have you ever taken time to ponder what we as Catholic Christians believe: that God always was and always will be? That he had no beginning and has no end?
It’s mind boggling, surely there had to be a time when God began. If God always was, what was before him? Beginning in the Old Testament, we are provided many occasions of how God made himself known to his people.
Remember Moses and the burning bush, when God called out to Moses to lead his people? Moses asks God, “Who should I say sent me? “God answers, tell them I AM sent you. I AM WHO AM.”
Over and over again God revealed himself to his people, through prophets, in spoken word and in the sending of angels with messages. God desired that humanity know him and come to understand that he will always be with us.
There are so many titles of God and Jesus throughout Sacred Scripture. Some that Jesus embraced and made known: I am the Bread of life, the Good Shepherd, the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus
never laid claim to being king of this world. Another title used by many people of the time named Jesus as king, even though Jesus upon his arrest told Pontius Pilate “It is you who call me king.” Jesus never wanted to be treated as a king in this world; rather he came down and placed himself in the lowly position of a servant to all. Pilate had no idea that the man that stood before him was indeed the King of Kings; God!
As we complete the liturgical year this weekend, we celebrate the Kingship of Jesus. He is indeed Christ the King; not only the ruler of the temporal world, but of heaven as well. As his people, with knowledge that he is God, that he lived, died and overcame death that we might live, we do indeed call him Christ the King: A King who gave all to save his people. A King who brought heaven to earth and taught us all the gift of eternal life with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christ the King: God with us, from the beginning and God with us forever. With praise to our King,