Today is the feast of Christ the King.
It is also the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year. Next Sunday we start the season of Advent which is the countdown to the celebration of Christmas.
What is this feast all about?
When Jesus was asked by Pontius Pilate if He was a king Jesus replied:
‘My kingdom is not of this world.’
King Charles the present British monarch is a constitutional head of state in a mostly symbolic way.
In the past kings and queens lorded it over people.
Jesus’-kingship is none of the above.
He said of Himself:
‘The son of man came to serve and not to be served and to give His life as a ransom for many.’
He is king over Satan, over sin and evil.
He overcomes selfishness, unhealthy self-interest, greed, and all forms of injustice.
We are reminded that as we face our own challenges:
Illness, family issues, financial challenges, mental pressures, grief, our own sinfulness and human weakness, persecution, and ridicule for our beliefs, etc., we are not alone.
Jesus who is truly one of us but also truly God is with us, always with us and will never abandon us!
Jesus’ victory over sin and death is also our victory.
We can indeed say:
‘Thank you, Christ, our King who gave your life for us!’
Thank you for the hope that you give us!