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 from the prophet Daniel, in our responsorial psalm, and in the vision of St. John the Apostle in the second reading from Revelations, the language is regal.
Daniel sees, in his vision, a king riding on clouds and receiving dominion, glory and power. John describes a king of glory who proclaims “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty” (Revelation 1:8). He is the king before all kings and the king after all kings.
Yet, 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 himself before Pontius Pilate in our Gospel. He allowed himself to suffer and die for us. The Gospel is the only story, where the hero dies for the villain.
Jesus is the king who speaks and acts. What he says, he does. His words backed by his actions completely contradict the logic of the world.
“When he instructed them to love their enemy and turn the other cheek they did not believe him until he meekly accepted the abuse of Pilate’s militia and prayed for those who had nailed him to the tree.
When he set forth children as models of the citizens of Heaven, said that the greatest among them would be those who serve, they could not imagine such a thing until they witnessed his child-like simplicity as God’s suffering servant on the via dolorosa.
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).
Our King is not blind to our suffering, he rolled up his sleeves, bowed down and lifted it all onto his shoulders, and nothing will ever make him set it down again. All so that we could find healing, forgiveness of sin, a restoration to holiness, salvation.
If Christ would be your King, and I mean King, supreme in your heart, your life, King above all else, then he has a robe, a throne, and a crown for you too, a seat in his Kingdom. He is the only One with the power to bring life from death and make each one of us new.
Let our battle cry in life always be “Long live Christ the King!”