Reflections - November 22, 2015

“My kingdom does not belong to this world……Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”  Jn. 18:36-37.
 
We have reached the end of Ordinary Time and the Church presents to us the Feast of Christ the King.  This week’s Gospel presents us with a question from Pilate to Jesus:  “Are you the king of the Jews?  And Jesus answers:  “I am King. For this I was born and for this I came into the world. My kingdom does not belong to this world.”  Jesus rejects the idea that He can be a political threat to Caesar or any power in this world. 
 
The questions that we could ask are:  What king is this?  Where are his army and his flag?  Where is his economic budget?  Where does he live? What fame does this man have?  Where does his power come from?  Where is his throne?
 
These questions were and are valid for those who are of this world.  It is said in many social environments of today’s world that if you have not accumulated wealth and economic power by the time you are thirty years of age you are a failure….
 
Nevertheless, the Christ King that we celebrate today also has power – the power of love which is able to mark a before and after of our era.  He has a “treasure” so large that men and women want to sell everything to get it.  I am referring to our salvation.  He has an army of men and women who are capable of giving their lives for Him knowing that “he who loses his life for Him will be saved”.  Well, then, where did these men study? Were they lawyers of the Temple of Jerusalem?  No, they were simple fishermen who taught and lived what they learned from the lips of Jesus about His humility and His witness of life.  This was the grade that they received with an A plus.  What garments will they wear?  They will wear Christ’s garment, the crown of thorns and the cross.
 
So what is the fame of this man called Jesus?  A friend of publicans, sinners, and people of bad life, but, who found in this King the path that leads to salvation among many crooked roads through which they had walked, the truth among so many lies they had lived, and eternal life, which they did not know.  Where is the throne of this King?  The throne of Jesus is the cross.  Where does His lineage come from?  “Though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.  Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, and those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Phil 2:6-11.
 
 
This is the feast in which we celebrate His presence of love, His project of life, which is revealed to us through His Words of Life and the Sacraments.