The solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe
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Ezekiel 4:11..17 – Psalm 23 – 1 Corinthians 15:26-28 – Matthew 25:31-46
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
What does it mean to celebrate this ‘feast’ of Christ the King? If we look around at those countries who have “kings/Queens” – or more likely, those places who have dictators who set themselves up as “kings” and end up doing just the opposite of what this feast is all about. From our vantage point in this present age we can see why God didn’t want to set up His “people” with a king because he knew what we humans do with that kind of title. What’s the saying? “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and we don’t have to look very far to see how this is played out. And such as this is the way it was for the “people of Israel” down through the ages.
So… why does the Church celebrate this as a “feast” when it is so easy to fall into the same traps that people before us have fallen into. I think that God probably had a good idea but perhaps He had forgotten what happened in Paradise. Right from the ‘get go’ humans fell off the “way” and tried to strike out on their own.
And here we are: in the 21st century struggling with an understanding of “Kingship.”
In the parable in today’s Gospel we hear those telling words: “… when did we see you hungry and feed you; naked and clothe you; homeless and shelter you?’ And the King shall reply: “whenever you did this to the least of my people you did it for me. Come, enter the joy of your master.”
Isaiah also says, “… what is the kind of fast that I desire? And then he repeats almost word for word the same thing: to care for widows and orphans and bring sight to the blind and healing to the cripples.” Amen!