Christ the King
This weekend, as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we mark the end of the Liturgical Year. Next Sunday we begin the Season of Advent. Today we hail Jesus Christ as our Lord and Master and Redeemer. We renew our dedication to Him above all other possible leaders.
In the Scriptures we are told of the beautiful vision of Daniel: “And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like the son of man… on him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship”. The Book of the Apocalypse tells us: “Jesus Christ in the faithful witness…the Ruler of the Kings of the earth. He has loved us and washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings and priests to server his God and Father…”
In the Gospel we see Jesus interrogated before Pilate: “Are you the king of the Jews? Jesus answers: “Yes, I am a king. I was born into the world for this… to bear witness to the truth.. but my kingdom is not of this world”
Notice, I’ve quoted the Scriptures directly. No amount of comment will replace the actual Word of God. That is why we need to take every word and treasure it. How much Scripture have we heard in the past year? A lot. While we may not remember all the stories and messages immediately, we can be certain that all the words are leading us to appreciate God’s love for us as proven by his Son, Jesus Christ. He came that ‘we would have life to the full’.
So on this great Feast, we praise Jesus who is Our Lord and King; we offer him our allegiance and undivided attention and ask him to help us continue to build up his Kingdom of Justice, Love and Peace. In this frame of mind, we can begin the cycle Advent with clear and determined minds. Have a blessed week and kind regards. Fr. Joe