Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

November 21, 2019

November 24, 2019


Second Book of Samuel 5:1-3

Psalm 122

Colossians 1:12-20

Luke 23:35-43

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  It is a relatively new feast instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925.

When we refer to Jesus as “King” we generally don’t apply the normal trappings of the kings who were born to the “purple or royalty.”  Jesus most probably never wore purple clothing and the only crown He ever wore was a crown of thorns.  His only throne was a wooden cross. 

We have learned in the readings of sacred scripture that early in His public life the people wanted to make Jesus a king, and He fled from them.  They were desperate for leadership.

When He entered Jerusalem for the last time the people welcomed Him and waved palm branches, a tradition reserved for royalty.  But Jesus knew that it was His death march.  In the Gospel of John, when Pilate asked our Lord if He was a king, He answered, “My kingdom is not of the world.”  As we all know, there are many other examples.

Our Lord Jesus came to be our leader there is no doubt about that.  He came to connect with the entire human race and to lead us in a new direction.  But He never called Himself a king!  He referred to Himself as “The Good Shepherd.”  He simply came to lead us into new pastures, and to a new way of living our lives. 

Sisters and brothers, on this last Sunday of the liturgical year we indeed celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  We do this by living our lives in the gentle and humble manner of Christ as we re-commit ourselves to walk by His side.  To accept Jesus as our Lord and King is to enter a kingdom that will last forever where love, truth and peace reign forever.

In the Catholic Church Pope Francis, our bishops and our priests are our leadersWe are all members of that team.  Our voices must be heard.  We must transcend what has become “the new normal” in our world and bring faith back into our homes, back to our children, back to our schools, back to our workplace, and back into the world at largeThe healing words of Jesus are not just for Catholics but for everyone. 

Celebrating Christ’s kingship gives us an opportunity to proclaim the Good News that His second coming should bring us joy rather than fear, hope rather than despair.  “His kingdom come, His will be done.”

Question of the Day:  Are you willing to bring the Good News of Jesus to others?

Prayer:  My Savior, the will of the Father was the support of Your life.  Give me also the strength to accomplish it, so that the doctrine of true faith may also become a life of faith.  (From “Minute Meditations for Each Day by Rev. Bede Naegele, O.C.D.)


Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

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