May the Lord give you grace, peace, and health in the Holy Spirit. It is on 20th November 2022. We celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. We reflect on 2 Sam 5:1-3; Col 1:12-20 and Luke 23:35-43.
Who is reigning over our hearts and homes?
As we wrap up the ordinary time and enter Advent, this celebration culminates with the theme of leadership in the footsteps of Jesus, the humble King. The first reading beautifully presents us with the charism and character of a leader from David. A leader who brought the people of Israel together under the leadership of God. David became a magnetic figure to the son and daughter of Saul. He had the glue of love and respect to bring the tribal leaders together and brought northern and southern Israel as one country. God’s promises of bringing God’s only Son through the Davidic line shined as the star of hope for the people of Israel and beyond. David prioritized promoting religious and temple cults among the people of God throughout his rule.
Jesus is our New David and King of the Universe through His passion, death, and resurrection. The hymn of St. Paul brings out the qualities of the humble yet humane and divine king in Jesus. He is firstborn in creation, the resurrection, and in redemption. Jesus is the model and template of all the kings on earth. He is the Wisdom of God who leads us all to perfection and makes us feel the crown of creation. In His Kingship of Jesus, there is no one is left out. All people have a place in His Kingdom of love, mercy, and forgiveness.
In His perfection, we shape our imperfections. “Because God wanted all perfection to be found in Him and all things to be reconciled through Him and for Him, when He made peace by His death on the Cross.” (Col.1:20).
Jesus is more than capable of saving Himself, and us along with the entire creation. In recognizing and believing in the offer of salvation
At the foot of the Cross, we all can whisper the wishes, prayers, and pleading of the man who was crucified along with Jesus. “Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Lk.23:43). Jesus alone can offer a place in paradise and this privilege is not given to any king or monarchy in the world.
When we accept the Kingship of Jesus, we are assured of the security and protection we all need. The proof of our acceptance needs to be seen in the way we treat those who have been condemned and crucified by society with compassion, mercy, and tenderness.
Wishing you all a happy feast of Christ the King. May Jesus rule and reign our hearts, homes, and homelands. God bless you.