CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE
THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING WAS ESTABLISHED BY POPE PIUS XI IN 1925.
1)-THE HOLY FATHER SAW THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD IN THE CLAWS OF A POWERFUL ENEMY CALLED SECULARISM. WITH MEN’S HATRED FOR GOD, CONCEQUENCES OF THE ORIGINAL SIN IN US, MAN WANTED TO ELIMINATE THE SACRED AND THE GODLY FROM ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIVES.
2)-TO COMBAT THE POWERFUL AND EXTRAORDINARY WAVES OF SECULARISM IN THE WORLD, RIGHTLY AND ADROITLY, THE HOLY FATHER TURNED THE WORLD’S ATTENTION TO CHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH. THROUGH HIS PASSION AND SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS, CHRIST EARNED THE SACRED TITLE TO BE OUR KING. WE ARE HIS SUBJECTS WHICH HE BOUGHT AT THE PRICE OF HIS OWN BLOOD, May we read St Peter, (1Pet 1:17-22):
“ Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[a] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”
3)-TODAY, OUR HOLY FATHER BENEDICT XVI CALLS ON US TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING WITH DEVOTION AND MEANINGFULNESS. CHRIST IS OFFERING US HIS POWERFUL PRIRESTLY MEANS TO COMBAT SECULARISM AND RELATIVISM, THESE POWERFUL WAVES SWEEPING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIFVES NOT ONLY IN THE WOLD BUT SPECIALLY IN THE CHURCH. SECULARISM AND RELATIVISM LEAVE GOD OUT OF MAN'S THINKING AND LIVING, TO ORGANIZE MAN’S LIFE AS IF GOD DID NOT EXIST. WE FIND LAWS AGAINST GOD AND HIS CHURCH IN ALMOST ALL THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. WE ARE WITNESSING EVIL EVEN SATANIC PERSECUTIONS AGAINST CHRISTIANS MORE THAN IN THE DAYS OF THE PAGAN ROME.
4)-PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE NOW AGREED WITH THE BIBLE. THEY NOW TEACH WE ARE BORN WITH THE ORIGINAL SIN, AS THEY DECLARED ON “60 MINUTES” CBS PROGRAM NOVEMBER 18, 2012. WE ARE BORN ENEMIES OF GOD WITH VERY DEEP INCLINATIONS TO EVIL. ALSO WITH VERY DEEP ASPIRATIONS FOR THE INFINITE. PSYCHOLOGISTS HELPING TO GIVE A NEW ORIENTATION TO GOD, THE WORLD IS BOUND TO TURN TO GOD NOT AS AN ENEMY BUT A FRIENDLY CREATOR AND REDEEMER. PSYCHOLOGISTS WILL GIVE A GREAT BOOST TO OUR BISHOPS TO COME BACK TO THE CHURCH´S TEACHINGS. IMMEDIATELY THEY ARE TO TEACH THE ORIGINAL SIN IN THE DIOCESAN CATECHISMS.
5)-THE FEAST OF CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, IS INTENDED TO PROCLAIM, IN A STRIKING AND EFFECTIVE MANNER, CHRIST'S ROYALTY OVER INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, SOCIETY, GOVERNMENTS, AND NATIONS.
6)-THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING IS TO BE CELEBRATED FIRST AND FOREMOST AS A RELIGIOUS COMMITMENT TO JESUS HIMSELF, OUR REDEEMER. FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE WITH THEIR PRIESTS IN THE HOLY SACRIFICES OF THE MASS. TODAY’S LITURGY IS ALL ORIENTED TO TEACH CHRIST’S ROYALTY OVER MEN.
7)-FIRST OF ALL, CHRIST IS GOD, THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE AND HENCE WIELDS A SUPREME POWER OVER ALL THINGS, as we read in Colossians 1:16:
“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”
8) CHRIST IS OUR REDEEMER, HE PURCHASED US BY HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD, AND MADE US HIS PROPERTY AND POSSESSION. May we read 1Pet 1:18-19:
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
9)-SINCE CHRIST IS HEAD OF THE CHURCH, "HOLDING IN ALL THINGS THE PRIMACY", THE CHURCH MUST COVER HIS ENTIRE KINGDOM, OFFERING HIS MEANS OF SALVATION TO ALL. THUS, THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST IS SUPREME, EXTENDING NOT ONLY TO ALL PEOPLE BUT ALSO TO THEIR PRINCES AND KINGS. May we read Col 1:18
“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”
10)- CHRIST’S KINGDOM IS UNIVERSAL, EXTENDING TO ALL NATIONS AND TO ALL PLACES; GOD BESTOWED UPON CHRIST THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD AS HIS SPECIAL POSSESSION AND DOMINION. May we read in Mt 28:18:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”.
11)- CHRIST’S KINGDOM IS SPIRITUAL,
CHRIST'S "KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD". May we read in Jn 18:36:
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”
12)-CHIRST’S KINGDOM IS TO LAST UNTILL CHRIST HAS DESTROYED ALL HIS ENEMIES, May we read in 1Cor 15:24:
“Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.”
13)-JESUS CHRIST IS THE FULLNESS OF SANTIFY; HE IS OUR MODEL TO FOLLOW.
MAY WE LEARN TO KNOW OUR BELOVED JESUS WHOM THE WORLD HATES. WE MEET JESUS, THROUGH MEDITATION ON THE GOSPELS, AND FROM HIM THROUGH INTIMATE CONVERSATION IN PRAYER.
14)-AS ST JOHN DESCRIBES OUR ASPIRATIONS TO THE INFINITE, WE STRIVE TO BECOME LIKE JESUS, AS THE APOSTLE JOHN REVEALS TO US. May we read 1Jn 3:2:
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
15)-CHRIST OUR KING IS WHAT WE HOPE TO BECOME. IN THE DEGREE THAT WE STRIVE TO BECOME LIKE HIM, WE TOO (IN SOME MEASURE) CAN TELL OTHERS, AS ST. PAUL TOLD HIS CONTEMPORARIES,
“BE IMITATORS OF ME AS I AM OF CHRIST.” (1Cor 11:1)
May the good Lord bless you with the abundance of His Eternal Love on this great feast of CHRIST THE KING. The professor.