Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King
Theme: King of the universe
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday November 24 2019
(Lk. 23:35-43) Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
In today’s Gospel, Jesus was hanging on the cross being jeered and challenged by the people, soldiers, and one of the two thieves hanging on the cross. It was very obvious that they did not recognize Jesus’ kingship. They were expecting a powerful king like David in the first reading. The king is strong, brave, authoritative, wise, and dominant. Israel was in expectation. It was foretold that the Messiah will come and save them from slavery and foreign rule. Much more, He was believed to be a Saviour. They had hoped in Jesus to be the one But His being from Nazareth, the son of a carpenter, and now hanging on the cross to die, shattered that hope. They ended up treating Jesus as an impostor, a lunatic, a loser, or one of those prophets who will meet his death in Jerusalem.
The solemnity is the final Sunday of the Church liturgical year. On this day, the Church aptly placed here to provide a climax and a powerful conclusion to the year that passed. In Advent, Jesus’ birth as the Messiah was anticipated. Christmas Season follows. Was a celebration of the Incarnation and the message of reconciliation. Lent was another preparation to reflect on the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It was also a time for repentance, prayer, sacrifice, and charity. Then came the Holy Week and the Easter Season. It was an expression of our faith in the Risen Lord. We recognize Him as the Messiah who had offered His life for our salvation. It is the basis of our faith. It is the height of our celebration as Easter people. In between and beyond these seasons is the Ordinary Time.
Those were days of further listening to the teachings of Jesus, witnessing to His actions, and revelation of His person. In other words, the solemnity today is an obvious finale to a year of grace; knowing, loving, and serving the Lord.
Christ is King of the universe. He rules. He protects. He saves. He is my King, the one I pledge allegiance and faith. Hail to the King of the universe!