The Last Sunday in the Church’s Liturgical Year is the Solemnity of Christ the King. The concept of kingship may seem a little foreign to us living in a democracy but it assists us with meditating on the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus did not reveal Himself as king while he preached in Israel. There was no regal splendor, or palace, or even an army. Jesus lived poor and he died poor. Jesus Christ is King because he shares in the Divine Nature with the Father and Holy Spirit. Therefore He is Lord of all creation. By uniting His Divine Nature and the Human Nature Christ Jesus is exulted above all of creation. It is through this union that Christ Jesus redeemed the human race from sin by the blood of the Cross and so became the ruler of the Humanity. In 1924 when Pope Pius XI established this Feast of Christ the King he stated that unless individuals and nations submitted to the rule of the Savior there would be no hope of lasting peace. Instead of the gentle rule of Christ in the hearts of people we have been made slaves of materialism and rabid individualism which promises freedom and happiness, but fails miserably. True Freedom is found in the acceptance of Christ crucified, as King who says “My yoke is easy and my burden light” Mt. 11:30. If we realize this truth then true peace will be in our hearts and much happiness on Earth.
Blessings, Father Dooley
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT Do I believe in the Kingship of Christ which reveals his love for me? What is my role in this Kingdom? Can I break free from the powers of his world? Is Jesus my friend and King.