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Christ, reign in our hearts

Feast of Christ the King

Fun facts / kings
Dozens of kings —> saints
Richest person in history
King Mansa Musa
Bluetooth Blue

          Danish king

Christ the King v earthly kings
Different / heavenly

King of Truth
Knowledge is power
King of love, peace, healing, happiness, etc.

King of the Universe

    Power over death, all things

Reign in our hearts!

The end of the liturgical year–the feast of Christ the King

Today the Church concludes the liturgical year with the glorious feast of Christ the King. Historically, this feast was instituted for Catholics to remember that Christ reigns over all earthly rulers, kings, presidents, governments, movements, cultures, and societies. It is a good reminder to us Catholics with all that is going on in our Church and in the world. Francis is pope, Trump is president, but Christ is King!

Below are excerpts from a Q & A with Fr. Rick Poblocki from www.thestationofthecross.com about this feast.

May you know the peace of Christ the King,

Fr Greg

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What does the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, celebrate?

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is celebrated on the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. It recognizes the messianic Kingship and eternal Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This idea appears and is repeated in all prayers and readings of the day, and especially in the public recitation of the indulgenced prayer, The Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King. This feast is sometimes called “Solemnity of Christ the King.”

What kind of a Feast is the celebration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe?

The Feast of Christ the King is a Solemnity, a Feast of the highest rank. This Solemnity is also a type of celebration known as an idea feast. Idea feasts direct our attention to some specific truth about Our Lord.

What specific truth is taught about the Lord Jesus Christ in the Solemnity of Christ the King?

The celebration of Christ the King directs our attention to Jesus Christ as Universal king and Eternal Priest.

What other examples of idea feasts are there?

Other examples of idea feasts are the Solemnities of the Lord in Ordinary Time, which include the Solemnities of the Most Holy Trinity, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi), and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

How are idea feasts different from celebrations like the Transfiguration, Christmas, or Easter?

The difference between the two types of celebrations is simple: idea feasts celebrate a specific truth about Jesus Christ, while feasts like the Transfiguration, Christmas, and Easter celebrate an event that occurred in the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ…

There are 9 characteristics of Christ’s Kingdom:

Christ’s Kingdom is eternal and universal, because Christ, God, and man encompasses all.

Christ’s Kingdom is of truth and life, while this world’s “kingdoms” are often built on lies and spiritual death.

It is a Kingdom of holiness and grace, in contrast to the secularism and godlessness that so often characterizes life on earth.

It is of justice, love, and peace, as opposed to a world where people are deprived of what what is justly theirs and are often hurt by the selfishness and injustice of others.

Christ’s rule demands that we render to others what they have a right to (justice), and that we treat others as we would want ourselves to be treated (love). Only when people treat each other justly, and when we treat each other the way we would like to be treated, will there be true peace.

This comes with a change of heart only Christ can bring about by His saving work on the Cross. No system of atheism, anticlericalism, secularism, or laicism will ever change a human heart and prepare a person for eternal union with God – only Christ can! Of course, this leads us, along with the angels in Heaven to proclaim: “Holy, Holy, Holy…”

Are there any signs and indicators that Christ is reigning as King in my life?

The clearest sign of Christ’s Presence and Kingly Rule within you is:

•The inspiration to set aside or deny yourself anything you know or realize is displeasing to Him.

•When you choose to deliberately reject any desires, urges, wishes, or drives that stand in the way of what needs to be done in order for you to possess Him, love Him, and serve Him.

These are clear signs of Jesus’ Presence and Kingly rule of your heart in your personal life and experience!

¡Viva Cristo Rey! Long Live Christ the King!

Christ the King: Undercover Boss

Prophecy / Ezekiel
    Exact with Mt 25
    600 years before!

Undercover boss
Jesus in disguise

    Reveals himself after fact
Serve the needy for real
Not to just get something out if it
Judgment
     Mt 25 just one part of final exam / judgment
     Faith / Baptism / Eucharist / Confession

What it really means to be “the least”

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me”

Plentiful gifts of sustenance

A week ago Saturday, we had almost 100 families come to the parish hall to pick up their Thanksgiving baskets through the Pope Francis Outreach Center. Last week, a few more hundred families came to pick up theirs. God is so good to provide so abundantly through the generosity of our donors, staff, and volunteers! He truly gives us a chance to live out the corporal works of mercy spelled out in today’s Gospel – “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink”. And, given that it’s in celebration of Thanksgiving, I hope that all of our families gave thanks to God for his gracious and plentiful gifts of sustenance.

Sometimes we need help

On their side of this, none of the families would enjoy being considered the “least of my brothers (and sisters).” In our pride, none of us want to be in the category of poor or needy. We want to be among those who are strong and self-sufficient. But, sometimes life brings us to our knees, and we need help. This happens to all of us at one time or another. How many of the “powerful” in our country are being brought to their knees vis-à-vis scandal? When we are in serious need – like putting food on the Thanksgiving table – pride takes a back seat to humility. In a spiritual sense and brought home by today’s readings, humility is good. It’s actually replete in the Gospel that humility is necessary for God and goodness to work in us.

The King of Kings

The amazing thing about today’s Gospel passage is that the Lord equates the poor and needy with Himself. He tells a parable about a king, and the king identifies himself as hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, ill, and imprisoned. Wait, how can a king live this way? He is supposed to be strong, powerful, and in total control. Only one king has ever lived this way fully, and He is the greatest King ever. Christ is the King of kings! A true king is a shepherd, a point that was driven home well by the Old Testament prophets like Ezekiel. The true king says, “The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal”. Christ did all of these and more – He lived as they lived.

Union with Christ the King

So, for those who might be upset at first to be called “the least”, this Gospel and feast of Christ the King shows that they are in good company. They are in the best company! They are in the company of and union with Christ the King. Whenever we wait in line for the spiritual nourishment of the Mass, sacraments, Adoration, Bible study, etc., we are spiritually putting ourselves in the category of the needy. This is much better than being among the “sleek and the strong” to whom the Lord says “I will destroy”. We are spiritually among the least of the Lord’s brethren, and are in union with the King of the Universe.

May you know the peace of Christ the King,

Fr Greg

A King’s Inheritance

Christ the King – 

Inheritance 

“Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom”

    Promise of paradise

Christ the King 

    2nd reading 

Eucharist 

     Down payment on inheritance 

Christ the King

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – November 20th

This Sunday marks the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a year spent celebrating the wondrous mercy of God and the many ways we share his mercy with those around us. At the beginning of this Jubilee Year, Pope Francis wrote: “Mercy is a key word that indicates God’s action towards us. He does not limit himself merely to affirming his love, but makes it visible and tangible. Love, after all, can never be just an abstraction. By its very nature, it indicates something concrete: intentions, attitudes, and behaviours that are shown in daily living. The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. … This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel. As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other.” Though this Jubilee year is ending, the need for mercy in our world is not. Carry these words and the graces of this past year forward through the Christian witness of your life. Be merciful to each other. Continue to celebrate God’s mercy with us at mercy.adw.org and catholiccharitiesdc.org.