Christ, King of the Universe, King of our Hearts!
Three important events happening this weekend: The Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, Our King, The Culmination of the Year of Mercy, and our Stewardship Commitment Sunday! Three events that cannot be separated from each other.
The Solemnity of Christ the King was declared by Pope Pius XI on December 11, 1925 in his encyclical “Quas Primas” which means “In the first.” While the kingship has been revealed to us throughout the Scriptures from the Old Testament to the New Testament, and has been embraced by Christians from early times up to the present, yet, every now and then forces of evil seems to corrupt the attitude of many believers that necessitates the declaration of this festivity! Pope Pius XI said “…these manifold evils in the world were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics: and we said further, that as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations…” (Quas Primas, Introduction)
With Christ the King we are reminded to be subject to God’s rule, not in the rule of man. It was adherence to this truth that many of our Christian brothers and sisters were martyred in their faith. Subjection to the reign of Christ means that we accepted Christ as our law-giver, our judge, and the Chief Executive Himself. The great difference in the law of Christ is that His is a law of love. As our judge, the most supreme of all supreme courts, His judgment is based on mercy and clemency although divine justice is assured at the final judgment. With the faith and hope of God’s mercy, we end this year of mercy. But because Christ is an eternal King, His mercy endures forever (Psalm 136). As an executive, He has given us the Gospel imperatives: to love God, to love our neighbor and to show our obedience to His commands in our works and actions!
Hopefully, “…the annual and universal celebration of the feast of the Kingship of Christ will draw attention to the evils which anticlericalism has brought upon society in drawing men away from Christ, and will also do much to remedy them. While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim his kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm his rights.” (QP, No. 25)
Finally, as we recognize Christ as our God and King, we renew once more our Stewardship Commitment. We pay taxes to our country as an obligation, but we share our time, talent, and treasure with love, not out of obligation, but of gratitude of God’s great mercy and goodness He has showered unto us! May all of us, enthrone Christ as King of our hearts, show His mercy as we have been shown mercy, and share His blessings of time, talent, and treasure as we are blessed by Him! For the greater glory of God, Amen!
God bless you all! Fr. Roger