This is the Season Finale! The Solemnity of Christ the King! May the Lord reign supreme over our hearts and homes and may he bring peace to our troubled times.
This is the last Sunday of the Church s Liturgical year.
In the first reading young David, who unified the tribes of Israel, defeated Goliath, survived the madness of King Saul, and was victorious over Israel’s enemies, is hailed as king by all the tribes of Israel (2 Sam 5:1-3).
David, while carrying out God’s will and plan for His people, is also a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel, (cf Luke 23:-35-43) Jesus is anointed King on the wood of his Cross, a sign of paradox, of defeat yet final victory.
St. Paul teaches us the in the second reading that through his Cross we have passed from darkness into the kingdom of light (Col 1:12-20). Which is the promise Jesus gave to the thief who was crucified along with Jesus. “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
This King, our King if we accept him, is not like the kings of the earth. This king who is all powerful and has dominion (authority) over all the earth, humbled him- self before Pontius Pilate. He allowed himself to suffer and die for us. The Gospel is the only story, where the hero dies for the villain, in this case, we sinners are the villain.
“The kingship he boasted wore thorns for a crown, bore a reed for its scepter, endured a robe of mockery for its purple, was enthroned on a gibbet. His royal motto - he who loses his life will save it - made no sense until they watched his body thrown into the bowels of the earth, and then encountered the resurrection.” (Oliver Treanor).
Jesus is the king who speaks and acts, he accomplishes the tasks of the Messiah. The tasks of the Messiah, meaning if this person is truly the savior there are four tasks that will identify and affirm he is who he says he is. The Messiah (Christ) would: 1. Gather the tribes of Israel, 2. Cleanse the Temple of God, 3. Deal with the enemies of Israel, and 4. Reign as Lord of the nations.
“Jesus Christ is Lord. That means that neither Caesar nor any of his descendants (i.e. all the powerful of the world) is Lord. Jesus Christ, the God-man risen from the dead, the one who gathers the tribes, cleansed the Temple, and fought with the enemies of the human race - he is the one to whom final allegiance is due. Christians are those who submit to His Lordship (Bishop Robert Barron).
“Viva Cristo Rey! , Long live Christ the King!”
PS:Happy Thanksgiving to all! “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his mercy endures forever!” (Psalm 107)