Greetings on this The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Readings: Dn 7:13-14; Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5; Rv 1:5-8; Jn 18:33b-37
Notes: Leading up to today, the daily readings give us insight to the dangers and difficulties of the Jewish people in the centuries prior to the coming of Jesus. We do see what life is like when we ignore the divine in the ways we act. This long and difficult period was never absent the Lord.
The last prophet of the old testament, Malachi, symbolically marking the quiet period, begins with this:
I love you, says the LORD.
Such was the situation in the beginning of the Twentieth century.
World War I was a major upheaval of European life and national identity.
A very good essay on the origin of this Solemnity can be found here:
A result of World War I these empires were lost:
- the Russian Empire (1917),
- the German Empire (1918),
- the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1918), and
- the Ottoman Empire (1922).
There were 12 different armed conflicts in Europe even as the Versailles treaty was signed.
The Armenian genocide occurred during the war, 1.5 million souls lost as well.
For so many then and for so many now: Who is the King of my heart?
Peaceful musical interlude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLXRzwdFlYw
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Who is the Eternal King? Jesus, as a matter of dogma.
Who is the King of my heart? Jesus, as a matter of relation.
Feasts help us stay focused on the deeper meanings and the deeper relationships.
From the proclamation of the Feast…
- The festivals that have been introduced into the liturgy in more recent years have had a similar origin, and have been attended with similar results. When reverence and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament had grown cold, the feast of Corpus Christi was instituted, so that by means of solemn processions and prayer of eight days’ duration, men might be brought once more to render public homage to Christ. So, too, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was instituted at a time when men were oppressed by the sad and gloomy severity of Jansenism, which had made their hearts grow cold, and shut them out from the love of God and the hope of salvation (Quas Primas, ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI).
Feasts are used to help us to remember our faith cannot be absent from the public space. In a pluralistic society, this is done with great care and sensitivity, not by edict.
- Nations will be reminded by the annual celebration of this feast that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honor and obedience to Christ. It will call to their minds the thought of the last judgment, wherein Christ, who has been cast out of public life, despised, neglected and ignored, will most severely avenge these insults; for his kingly dignity demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing for the young a sound moral education (QP, 32).
Feasts are used to help us stay focused on the deeper ways of living. Not an imposition on others but an imposition on ourselves by deed and example to make witness to the Love, that is God.
- The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God (QP, 33).
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Peace be with you,