Feast of Christ our King
This Sunday we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical year. The readings describe the enthronement of Christ the lord and king of the whole of the created universe.
At times we feel helpless, we cannot escape from this noisy world, and our hearts and minds cannot pretend to be untouched by the ugliness that sometimes afflicts and oppresses us. We are invited today more than before to look beyond all this and to contemplate the one who is beautiful, true, everlasting and all-powerful, and who reigns over all: Christ the King!
Instituting this Feast of ‘Christ the King’ Pope Pius XI proclaimed: “Pax Christi in regno Christi” (the peace of Christ in the reign of Christ).
This means that we are called to live in the peace of Christ. Living in the peace of Christ is possible only if we surrender our lives to him on a day to day basis, accepting him as our God, our Saviour and our King, in short, we ask Christ to rule our lives.
As we celebrate the Kingship of Christ today, we remember the truth that, we reject his Kingship, when we do not listen to him, love him, serve him, and follow him.
We belong to his Kingdom only when we try to walk with him, when we try to live our lives fully in the spirit of the Gospel and when the spirit of his word penetrates every facet of our life, only then do we become followers of Christ who is our King.
We become the subjects of Christ the King when we sincerely respond to his loving invitation: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart”
We become his loyal subjects by cultivating in our lives the gentle and humble mind of Christ, by this we show others that Jesus Christ is in indeed our King and that we are his humble followers.
This feast also asks us to look at Christ who though King, came to serve and seek those who are lost.
Christ the king shows us that ultimate power is the power of love. No one could stop him loving, and his self-giving love shines out in splendour from the Cross.
The feast of Christ the King has implications for every aspect of our Church life. Its main message, however, is of the power of love and the mercy of God, in any and every circumstance of life. As we struggle for truth and for justice, let us learn from him to use only the weapons of love, as it is with love that Jesus continues to conquer the human heart.
Finally, let us ask the Lord to remember us, in the certainty that by his mercy we will be able to share his glory as King in paradise.
Fr George Carlos