SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING: REIGN OF CHRIST.
First and foremost, let me begin this reflection by wishing all our beloved parishioners and friends a happy feast of Christ the King. Indeed, this is our special feast- Patron feast of our parish. Not gathering together at this time as a parish community does not in anyway diminish the importance of the aforementioned feast to us, as a parish family. We hope to have an elaborate celebration next year, God willing .
Once, after Jesus had fed a crowd of over 5000 people with only five loaves and two fish, they wanted to make him a king(Cf:John 6:15), but He, (Jesus), declined. Then, at His trial, Pilate asked Jesus if He was a king. Quite unlike Him, Jesus replied, “yes I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world…”(Cf:John 18:37). Prima facie, His reply appears contradictory. The apparent contradiction is resolved by what Jesus had said earlier. Earlier He had said, “my kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). What it means is that the kingdom of Christ is NOT like any kingdom in this world, limited by time and geographical boundaries. Even though His kingdom involves the world, it’s not a mere physical or material kingdom. It is rather a spiritual kingdom. In that sense, it is probably better to speak of the reign of Christ than of His kingdom. He’s to reign in the hearts of all peoples.
The reign of Christ transcends all time and space. In other words, His reign is eternal. It is TIMELESS! Similarly, His reign is not limited geographically. It cuts across all nations, all planets, galaxies, the earth and the entire universe and beyond. Knowing the peculiar nature of the reign of Christ, its members are those WHO CHOOSE to belong to it. In this case, you and I, by the virtue of our baptism. This brings out a very important point. That is, ability to exercise our freedom of CHOICE. One can choose to belong to it or not. Christ is so unequivocal on this point. That’s why He said to Pilate, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice”.(John 18:37).
It costs a lot of challenges, persecutions, perseverance, commitments et cetera to belong to the truth. Jesus went through this road before us. Ours will be of no less a cost.
The solemnity of Christ the King challenges Christians and everyone to examine their commitment to the reign of Christ in our hearts and lives by the way and manner we make DISCIPLESHIP and do good works.Christ is, and eternally remains the way, the truth and the life.(John 14:6). Our citizenship of the kingdom or reign of Christ is profoundly dependent on this commitment.
Once again, I wish beloved parishioners and friends a happy celebration of feast of Christ the King.
God is Good, all the time!
“Brothers and sisters: Do not worry about anything, but in everything by
Prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
Known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding
Will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”. (Cf: Philippians 4: 6-7).