SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING
The Liturgical Year comes to an end today with the celebration of Christ the King. As we celebrate the solemnity of Chris the King, we acknowledge our faith in the universal kingship of Jesus Christ and our longing for the full realization of God’s kingdom.
What kind of king our Lord is?
- The reading for today’s feast is not the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem where he was greeted like a king. Today’s passage pointedly serves as an indication that Jesus’ kingship is one of love and sacrifice, not of power and domination.
- Jesus was given to us as a gift – freely given to us by the Father. He was not voted upon or forcibly became a king.
- He was enthroned not in a golden and kingly chair but in the hearts of every person . . . and through the cross—the poor and suffering servant!
- He was not crowned with a golden crown bedecked with precious stones, but with a crown of thorns.
This is in contrast to the kingship of this world that conveys:
- Authority and lording over the subjects.
- Power, dominion, prestige, and honor.
- Lording and ruling over vast kingdoms and empires.
We see in the gospel a king who is crucified because of his love for his people. Down through history, thousands and millions of subjects have died for their kings, but Jesus is the King who dies for us. He accepted crucifixion as the climax of the perfect obedience to his Father.
Who can really recognize Christ as King?
In the gospel, we see two people besides Jesus at Calvary: the bad thief and the good thief.
- The bad thief asked Jesus to prove his kingship by saying: “If you are the king then save yourself and us.” We see in the bad thief his pride and selfishness… “save yourself and us!” A proud and selfish person can never recognize Christ as king.
- On the other side of Christ was the good thief. What do we see in the good thief?
- Fear of God
-Paminsan wala tayong kinatatakutan, bala lang.
-Ang ating diyos paminsan ay salapi, ari-arian, alahas at takot tayong and mga ito ay mawala.
2 Acceptance of one’s sinfulness: “We deserve to be punished for what we have done,’ says the good thief. Inamin niya ang kanyang pagkakasala. Aminin! Tayo naman ay palaging pinapasa ang ating mga kasalanan sa iba.
3. After accepting his own sinfulness, the good thief surrendered himself to Christ.
“Remember me when you are in paradise.”
-He acknowledged Christ as king even though Christ was on the cross. How hard it is to acknowledge Christ as King in times of trials and difficulties
-Napakagaling na magnanakaw, even at the last minute ninakaw pa n’ya and langit.
My dear friends, in our life we can only recognize Christ as King if we fear the Lord; if we are humble enough to accept our own sinfulness and if we are able to surrender ourselves to Jesus our King and Lord and obey only His will.
JESUS, MY LORD and MY KING, I PRAY WITH THE REPENTANT THIEF TO WHOM YOU PROMISED PARADISE: “LORD, REMEMBER ME IN YOUR KINGDOM!’