Feast of Christ the King
By: Father Bernie Hayes CR, posted: 2013-11-19
On this last Sunday of the Church year we focus on the enigmatic figure of Christ dying on the Cross. While the whole nature of kingship can be confusing, yet, true kingship, it turns out, is a revelation because Christ, the king of the universe, uses this power only to free us from the thrall of false kingdoms and kings, whether construed as human or spiritual kingship. As the beautiful Christ hymn of Colossians tells us: God has "rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. "Though" he is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation,"and " all things have been created through him and for him," his task was to serve the cosmos and humanity through his role as suffering servant. In fact, "through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Since his election, Pope Francis has provided us with an example of Christian leadership we’d be foolish to ignore. From the moment of his election, he has called on us to imitate his dedication to the "disenfranchised"; to relate to them in the same way the risen Jesus relates to them. Francis words and actions have called us back to a time when Christian communities were known for their care and concern for others, a time in which followers of Jesus actually believed they could be other Christs.
Think of how Christ the King uses his power. How can you use the power you have in your day-to-day life to make more fully manifest God’s kingdom? (Adapted from John W. Martens)