The Solemnity of Christ The King: MT 25:31-46
Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King. How do we understand this King in the context of a despised and rejected “crucified criminal?” Today, we see Jesus hanging on the cross with the inscription over Him: “This is the king of the Jews.” Though this was a sign of mockery, we see in it a paradox in the Kingship of Jesus. Jesus Kingship was manifested in emptying Himself on the cross and sacrificing His life for His people.
Jesus Christ still lives as King, in thousands of human hearts all over the world. The cross is His throne and the Sermon on the Mount is His rule of law. His citizens need to obey only one law: “Love others as I have loved you.” His love is selfless, sacrificial, kind, compassionate, forgiving, and unconditional. The Feast of Christ the King challenges us to live in the Grace of God.
Terrorism has affected the entire world. The Kingdom of Christ is also under attack by terrorists, different kinds of Satan. These terrorists continue to slaughter unborn babies and to engage in attacks on the family and moral values, through challenging television shows, movies, and music. A few years ago, there was a controversial and anti-Christian movie released “The Golden Compass” directed by Chris Weitz. This movie wanted to attack religion and promotes atheism. This movie shows the psyche of our present Godless culture. The movie centers on the theme: “I want to kill God in the minds of children…I want them to decide against God and the Kingdom of Heaven.” The movie wants to have children and young people rebel against parents, teachers, the Church, and anyone in authority. It is a time for Christians to rise up everywhere to stop this attack against Christianity and God.
We become the followers of Christ the King when we continue Jesus’ mission of service in complete honesty and faithfulness and by sharing Jesus’s mercy and forgiveness with others. In our own lifetimes, St. Mother Theresa is a good example for us. Mother Theresa made a very strong comment that at the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, by how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by the following standard: “I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.” Mother Theresa goes on to say: “I was hungry not only for bread but hungry for love; naked not only for clothing but for human dignity and respect; homeless not only for want of a room made of bricks but homeless because of rejection.” For whatever we do for the least of these needy children of God, we do for Jesus Himself.
Today’s Feast of Christ the King invites and reminds each of us that in big and small ways, we are leaders and we have responsibilities as good parents, teachers, nurses, priests, and ministers. Any kind of service we do in the community should be based on love, service, and to bring peace to all. Today’s feast is both a challenge and an opportunity for us to become aware of our call to become truly partners of Jesus our King!