Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King Year B
Theme: JESUS IS THE TRUE KING OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE!
By: Fr Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear brethrens, today is the 34th and last Sunday in ordinary time. It is also marked as the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This feast was established in 1925 by pope Pius XI. It was established to counteract the secularism of the time.
*BUT WHAT IS THIS SECULARISM?*
Secularism is a way of life that upholds human thinking and denies the existence of God. For secularists, the human person is more important than God. Human beings are free to live and organize their lives without reference to God. Hence, the feast of Christ the King is established to proclaim the reign of Christ as God over and above any human authority, family, society or nation. The reign of Jesus surpasses all earthly powers or governments. “His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed” (Dn. 7:13-14).
*AND WHAT DO WE REALLY CELEBRATE ON THIS GREAT FEAST?*
We celebrate the fact that, “all power belongs to Jesus.” All earthly powers are inferior to the power of Jesus. He is above all things and everything is created through him and for him. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bend to the glory of God the Father. Every authority in heaven, on earth, and under the earth are subject to him. He holds the keys to life and death. His Kingship extends beyond space and time forever. His kingdom is adorned with justice, peace, love and joy. He is the image of the invisible God! “To him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 1:5-8). What a mighty God we have!
*WHAT DO WE LEARN AS WE CELEBRATE THIS FEAST?*
The celebration is meant to challenge and awaken us. Jesus had done His part and continues to be King to us. But are we being good subjects? In fact, our King does not treat us as subjects. He regards us as His friends. He gave His life that we might have life. He is a different King. He is the King of Truth. Truth here does not mean what is really happening. Truth is Jesus Himself. Truth is everything He said and did.
Jesus, like a true King, fulfilled His mission. He saved all of us. He was willing to give His life for us like a true King. His acts need a response from us. We must also be true children of God. We have to live His words and strive to be worthy of His Kingdom which is a Kingdom of Truth.
May Christ the Universal King set us free, amen. Happy feast day.
Fr Diotacious Chikontwe SMA