Christ, King Of The Universe Reigns!
Readings: 1st: Dan 7, 13-14; Ps 15; 2nd: Rev 1, 5-8; Gos Jn18, 33-37
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working at the Sanctuario del Espiritu Santo, en Dorado, Puerto Rico, del Internacional Grupo Espiritano De Puerto Rico – Republica Dominicana. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
The solemnity of Christ the King brings us to the definitive end of the church’s liturgical calendar year B. Today, the entire world stands still and bows to Christ, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the beginning and the end.
This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in response to growing nationalism and secularism. It was also instituted in order to promote the worship of Christ both in the privacy of our hearts, as well as publicly. The title of the feast was “Jesu Christi Regis” (Jesus Christ the King). In his 1969 “motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis,” Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new title: “Iesu Christi universorum Regis” (Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). He also moved the celebration to the last Sunday in the liturgical calendar and transformed it from a feast to a “Solemnity.”
Today, both the first and second reading bear testimonies of the kingship of Christ. Daniel prophesied about the eternal reign of peace of Jesus Christ, while John called Him: “the first born of all creation…the Alpha and the Omega.” Both readings also remind us that the marks of the reign of Christ shall include justice, love, truth, and peace.
In today’s gospel, Pilate and the Jews connived to castigate Christ their King without knowing what they were doing. Rather than accepting the Truth they hardened their hearts to His call to share in his kingdom. Like the Jews, some of us are always carried away by what we see in this present world. This is by simply believing that everything ends here on earth. This is a grave mistake because, the kingdom of this world will pass away but that where Christ reigns eternally will not pass away.
One of the most important goals of today’s celebration is, presenting and worshipping Christ as “the King of the universe.” However, it is important to note that first, we must individually allow him to reign in our lives. If Christ reigns in every heart, our community and world will be a better place. So today’s celebration challenges us to ask ourselves this very important question: “Is Christ reigning in my life? Today’s celebration would be an exercise in futility unless we give Christ the chance to reign, not only in our lives, but in our families, businesses, in our situations, and of course, in our entire world.
This means that Christ the king must be our role model. He should also be the role model of all kings, rulers, and leaders. He cares, loves and lives in peace with his people. He does not rule with iron fists, military might, or financial strength. Instead, he is a good Shepherd. He is a just judge, a compassionate and forgiving King. He is the only king who treats his subjects as brothers, sisters, and friends. He is always ready, close, and we do not need any special protocol to reach him. Today, let us join the psalmist in proclaiming that: “The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed.”
Peace be with you!!