Solemnity of Christ The King
We celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, on the fourth sunday of November, every year. On this day, the Scripture readings remind us about what sort of Kingdom Jesus came to establish.
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.
Today’s Mass 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.
Today’s Mass 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”.
Lets hail our king and praise Him in every way we can. Amen.