SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 1Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Mathew 25:31-46

Theme: Jesus the supreme king

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year A in ordinary time. It is also known as the solemnity of Christ the King. A day to proclaim the reign and supremacy of God as the King of the universe. An opportunity to acknowledge God as the King of our life, family and the world at large. His kingship cannot be rivalled by any other King. He is a servant King that cares for his subjects with great love and mercy. Today’s celebration was instituted by Pope Pius X1 in the year 1925, as a way of dealing with the increase of secularism at the time.

A very important question that readily comes to mind as we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King is who is your king? Is Jesus Christ the King of your life and family? The answer to this question will go a long way in helping us to align with the king we truly believe in. All those who celebrate Jesus as their King, will be ready to do all within their power if they truly want to reign with him in his kingdom. This is very important because God will reward each one of us according to his or her deeds. Thus, our deeds must be good enough to gain entrance into Gods kingdom. The reign of God is a reign of justice and we must do all within our power to be part of God’s kingdom.

The scripture gives us an insight that will help us to be truly part of the reign of God’s kingdom. We have to allow the love of God and neighbour to be our motivating factor in all that we do. We have to be the voice of the voiceless in our society, provide for the less privileged and the most abandoned, feed the hungry and also attend to those who need our help. To practice all these in our daily life, is a step in the right direction that will help us to be part of the reign of God’s kingdom.

The Kingship of Jesus, challenges the kings of our world. He is a servant King and he is willing to lay down his life for those he is serving. He is a model of kingship. This is the type of kingship that will change the narrative of our lives as a people. A king that does not exploit those he is serving, but he is willing to put all he has at the service of his people. This is the kind of kings we need in our world today, if we truly want to make a difference as people who believe in God and are willing to reign with him in his kingdom.

As we come to the close of the liturgical year, let us resolve to begin to live a life that is pleasing to God at all times and will help us to reign in the kingdom of God. It is my prayer that from today henceforth God will begin to reign in our heart, family and the world at large. Peace be with you. Amen.

 

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Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp
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