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,
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!