Throughout history, we’ve had men and women of monarch that has ruled their nation through times of war, peace, and even the inevitable changing world. What all of them have in common is this… their reigns have not stood the test of time or have lasted forever. Additionally, they all ruled somewhere on the face of the earth. Despite the changing of power in monarch, presidency, governorship, and mayoral power, they all have lacked the leadership needed for the next life.
As the church commemorates the feast of Christ the King, we are reminded of what Christ’s purpose was during just his three years of public ministry. His main mission was to prepare for the kingdom of God and ask those who are worthy of it to follow him.
St. Paul reminds us that, “God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” St. Paul knew that all must bow to the one true king and that is Christ Jesus.
Today, our world is plagued by poor leadership, a clandestine government slowly taking away the rights of citizens and adopting communism as a god. The good news is Christ has conquered those things through his cross. Through his cross, he redeems us. His ministry was not to a certain group but for everyone.
Pope Pius XI reminds us, “Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ; and that We promised to do as far as lay in Our power. In the Kingdom of Christ, that is, it seemed to Us that peace could not be more effectually restored nor fixed upon a firmer basis than through the restoration of the Empire of Our Lord” (QUAS PRIMAS). For us, Christ is the way of peace. He is the way that can lead us to heaven. He has power over all flawed earthly leaders.
As we celebrate his feast and waning days of another liturgical year, let us strive to follow the example of Christ by following him while detaching ourselves from what the world offers.
ALL HAIL CHRIST THE KING