THEME: CHRIST WILL COME AS KING AND JUDGE
READINGS: Ezek. 34:11-12, 15-17 / 1 Cor. 15:20-26, 28 / Matthew 25:31-46
Solemnity of Christ the King
In contrast to His first coming (as a humble baby of Bethlehem), Jesus will come again as a King in glory, accompanied by the angels (cf. gospel reading). Indeed He will come as the King of kings! On that day, all people including all kings and presidents, dead and alive, will bow and acknowledge that Jesus is the King of kings, the Lord of lords! Yes, He who is coming is great. Indeed, He is the greatest!
Jesus is greater than all and has power to defeat and subject all powers of darkness. Thus, the second reading says that Jesus will defeat every sovereignty, authority, power as well as the evil of death (1 Cor. 15:25-28).
- May, Jesus, the King of kings. destroy all powers of darkness in our life! Amen!
Furthermore, Jesus will come not only as the King of all but also as the Judge of all. Thus, according to the gospel reading, He will separate the sheep from the goats. How then do we dispose ourselves so that He reckons us as part of the sheep? A right step in this direction is to make Jesus the King of our personal and daily lives. When we allow Jesus to rule our personal lives every day, we will not be afraid of meeting Him on the last day; rather, we will be eager to meet Him, whom we please every day.
How then do we make Him the King of our personal lives every day? By both faith and action. What kind of faith? Faith in the Father, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, and in what Jesus has taught us about eternal life (John 14:1-6, 15-16; 17:2-3) – a faith which influences our actions. What kind of actions? Matt. 25:31-46 tells us the sort of actions Jesus our King expects of us:
- To feed the hungry;
- To give drink to the thirsty;
- To care for the stranger;
- To cloth the naked;
- To care for the sick; and
- To visit the imprisoned.
We please our King by these six actions and similar ones. May we always be eager to help the needy! Amen! And may every help we give put a smile, not only on the face of the beneficiary, but also on the face of Jesus! Amen! And may every help we give increase the credit in our heavenly account! Amen!
By Very Rev. Fr. John Louis