The liturgical year ends today with the celebration of the solemnity of Christ the King. As we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King, we acknowledge the universal kingship of Jesus Christ and our longing for the full realization of God’s kingdom.
What does it mean to believe in Christ the King?
Kung mapapansin natin, napakaraming mga hari-harian sa ating paligid: kings of great kingdoms, dictators acting as kings, king of the road, king of rock and roll, king of comedies and more. So many kings but immediately we take note that their kingship does not last forever. They are all pretenders of power for only God is powerful.
What kind of king our Lord is?
In contrast to the kingship of this world that conveys: POWER, DOMINION & HONOR, the kingship of Jesus is that of LOVE and SERVICE. He had the power but he used that power to forgive our sins so that we can receive salvation. He was a king who was crucified because of his love for us, his people. Down through history, thousands and millions of subjects have died for their kings, but Jesus is the King who dies for us.
How can we bring about the Kingdom of God?
We can never make the Kingdom of God a reality in us and in the world unless, first, it is a reality in our own lives. Jesus said: “the Kingdom of God is within you”.
We start with faith in Jesus and what he said and did. We give over to him the absolute power in our lives. We make peace, justice and love our primary values. We work at spreading the Kingdom by loving and forgiving and healing. We set aside our desire to be served in favor of serving. We drink the cup of suffering and wash a few feet along the way. After all, our King washed feet.
Put Jesus as our model—a king that reaches hearts and souls in need. Our Lord and King calls us to see the needs of the poor. God’s call is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and visit the sick is “24 and 7”; that is, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. And remember: The gospel reading reminds us that whatever “you did not do for one of the least of these least ones, you did not do for me.” Recognize Christ, the King, in every person you meet daily in your life, the underprivileged and the least. If we do these things, we will embrace the kingdom of God that is within each of us.
We can either acknowledge Jesus as King or try to be king ourselves. We can let Jesus heal, forgive, and lead us to love others especially the least of our brothers. Alternatively, we can despair of healing and forgiveness, turn over the kingship in our lives to money or power or other sins, and give those values the absolute dominion in our lives.