HOMILY FOR FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING, YEAR A
THEME: “Whatsoever you do, to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.”
By: Fr. Justus Oruma
(a) Christ is the King and like a Shepherd, He guides and cares for His Sheep. He seeks the lost, bandages the wounded, gathers the scattered, gives rest to the troubled and heals the sick. This is how to rule, this is how to govern, this is how to be King; working for the good of the needy.
(b) This is it, how Christ the King wants us to bring His Kingdom into effect among us; through the show of love and care to one another: giving bread to the hungry, clothing the naked, giving water to the thirsty, visiting the sick and prisoners. The need for these works today has increased more than the time Christ was saying it. These works of mercy form the one and only question that would be thrown to us at the last day. Whatever you do to any person, you do it to Christ the King.
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(c) We see that this works of mercy are not extraordinary things beyond us but things one could do according to his capacities; sharing a bread with hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, praying for one another etc. but these become extremely difficult out of hatred, egoism, jealousy and fightings in the Kingdom: some individuals denying a common good and would even discourage another giving common bread to their fellow, some church communities having zero option and no planning for the poor even when that forms the Examination on the last day; some governments denying the poor people these basic amenities; water, shelter and food. The commonest things have been denied my people. This is not after the example of Christ the King who like shepherd tends to the needs of the people. At the end of the day, will all appear before the King in His glory: He will divide the people in two. The one thing that makes place for us would be: “when I was hungry, you gave me to eat, when I was thirsty you gave me to drink… Now enter into the Home of my Father.
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