JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Brothers and Sisters,

The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man’s thinking and living and  organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ’s royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations. This celebration establishes the titles for Christ’s royalty over men:

 

 

  1. Christ is God, the Creator of the universe and hence wields a supreme power over all things; “All things were created by Him”;
  2. Christ is our Redeemer, He purchased us by His precious Blood, and made us His property and possession;
  3. Christ is Head of the Church, “holding in all things the primacy”;
  4. God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as His special possession and dominion.

This Feast also describes the qualities of Christ’s kingdom. This kingdom is:
1.- Supreme, extending not only to all people but also to their princes and kings;

2.- Universal, extending to all nations and to all places;

3.- Eternal, for “The Lord shall sit a King forever”;

4.- Spiritual, Christ’s “kingdom is not of this world”.

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Rudolph G. Bandas

No sooner than we have celebrated the last Sunday of the Year, the feast of Christ the King, we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, and begin the time of preparation for the great Feast of the Nativity of Our Savior. Secular Feasts such as the American Thanksgiving actually proceed from a Jewish and Christian memory in our ancestors. They knew, as do we, that we are a people who have received immense gifts from Jesus Christ – and it is truly human to stop and give Thanks!

Thanksgiving is a great Feast made even fuller in meaning for the believing and practicing Christian, when we examine the word itself. The word “Eucharist” in our lexicon as Catholics, means Thanksgiving. Now we are called to walk through this last week of the year and reflect on the Kingship of Jesus Christ. 

Then, we will walk along the way of faith into this new Liturgical season, ADVENT. Throughout the weeks of Advent, we are invited to prepare ourselves – and the world of our own time- for the comings of the Lord, including His final coming as Christ the King.

Father Jesus