Ez. 34:11-12, 15-17 1 Cor. 15:20-26, 28 Mat. 25:31-46

Theme: Jesus the Supreme King

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year in ordinary time. It is also known as the solemnity of Christ the King. Today the church proclaims the supremacy of Jesus as the King of the universe. This is an opportunity to acknowledge Jesus as the King of our lives, families, and the world at large. The kingship of Jesus Christ cannot be rivalled by any other king in the world, whether in the past, present or in the future. Jesus Christ is THE KING! His style of Kingship is unique. He is a servant King; a 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 God’s 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 must allow the love of God and neighbour to be our motivating factor in all that we do. We must be the voice of the voiceless in our society. We must provide for the less privileged and the most abandoned and feed the hungry. We also must attend to those who need our help the most, especially those at the margin of the society. To practice all these in our daily lives are steps 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. As a servant King, he was willing to lay down his life for those he is serving. This makes him a true 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. These are the kind of kings (rulers) we need in our world today. Thus, if we truly want to make a difference as people who believe in God and are willing to reign with him in his kingdom, let each one of us emulate him by offering ourselves for others like he did. Also, as we come to the close of this liturgical year, let us resolve to begin to live lives that are always pleasing to God and will help us to reign in his kingdom. It is my prayer that from today henceforth God will begin to reign in our hearts, families, and the world at large. In the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you!


Solemnity of Christ the king, year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp