Rev. Stanley M. Moczydlowski, M.B.A., M. Div. (Fr. Stan)
November 25/26, 2017
Christ the King
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. In 1925, Germany was in ruin. Adolph Hitler had completed his book Mein Kampf. Nationalism, racism, and anti-Semitism were being advocated. Totalitarianism and secularism were on the rise. The leading forces of all of these "isms" hated the Catholic Church and tried to promote their followers to feel the same.
On December 11, 1925, Pope Pius XI established the Solemnity of Christ the King to be celebrated at the end of the Church's liturgical year. Jesus is King and has power over all of heaven and earth. His kingdom is not ruled by a sword but by love and giving service to others.
We continue to have to deal with forces of terrorism that surround our world today. We have our own internal "isms" to deal with as well - materialism, consumerism, secularism - all that do their best to demean and disregard the teachings of Jesus and His Church.
As Christians, we claim Jesus Christ to be our King. We place ourselves under His kingship because we believe that with His power, we can establish His justice and peace among us.
But it is on the cross that Jesus ultimately reveals what it means to be a king. The supreme power and glory of God that Jesus reveals is love. As with the world under Satan's reign of evil and violence, His love must be a crucified love. Jesus challenges us to cooperate with His grace, to give our allegiance to our King and the Church He has established, and to become engaged in the struggle to establish Christ's kingdom of justice and peace here on earth. Jesus needs our cooperation and relies on the gift of our very lives and souls to reveal His kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.
Christ is our king so that all powers of the world cannot hold us in their grip. Our freedom is found in the glorious freedom of being sons and daughters of God. If Christ is not our king, then we will be consumed by all that is around us.
We have much to give thanks. Express that thanks in time spent with Jesus in prayer and as a parish family recommitting ourselves to our King and Savior. Pray for peace in our lives and our world. Be thankful for our blessings, and seek reconciliation for the times we fail; accept God's grace to persevere.
It is a time to focus on the needs of others and to see the face of Christ in all we meet. And, finally, it is time to pray that when our time on earth is finished, we too will share in His eternal kingdom with all the angels and saints.
God bless you,