Feast of Christ the King

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Today, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we are celebrating the Feast of Christ the King of the universe, that is, king of all created things, of all angels and of all men.

Kings and Kingships belong to the past and if they still exits, you can find them in history books.  Why then, do we still keep on celebrating the kingship of Christ? Does it mean that we are longing to get back to monarchy?  Not at all.  We call Christ the King of the universe in a real sense,  If he were not the real King, when he commanded the devils they could not have obeyed him; when he commanded the dead Lazarus, he could not have come back to life.  When he commanded the wind and the sea, they couldn’t have calmed down.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords His kingdom will have no end.

Jesus says clearly, “My kingdom is not from this world.”  Jesus took no place among the acknowledged kings of the world.  All forms of world dominion he refused.  He was born in a manger and lived in the family of St. Joseph, the carpenter.

At the beginning of his public life, when the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor and he said to him, “All these I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.”  Jesus said to him, “away with you satan, for it is written worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” (Mt 4:8-10)

When Jesus multiplied the five loaves and two fish and fed five thousand people, they wanted to make him king but he refused their offer. He is the king of the universe, king of the souls and king of truth. The kings of this world are kings of wealth, of power, of arms, of lands and people. Jesus’ kingdom has an eminently spiritual character.  It is the kingdom of God and heaven.  To enter, it is necessary to repent and believe in the good news, to be freed from the power of darkness and to submit to the power of God’s Spirit.

Let us be part of this kingdom.  When we recognize His power and believe in His world and decide to follow him in our own life, we will be part of this kingdom.

May God bless you

Fr. Chris