“You say that 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”. Jn.18:37.
In this last Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Church presents us with the Feast of Christ the King. Next week begins cycle C of the first Sunday of Advent.
I would like to dwell on this dialog between Christ the King of the Universe and Pilate a poor man with power in this small point on planet Earth in which he lived. This man Pilate judged the king of the Universe of the accusations given by the Jewish authorities of calling himself King and allows that He be condemned to death.
Jesus, scourged and crowned with thorns in front of the people, says to Pilate: “You say that I am a king”. Yes, brothers and sisters, Jesus is the one who returns the dead to life: “I am the resurrection and the life”, “I am the living bread come down from heaven”, “I am who I am”.
But Jesus also says something very profound “to the poor roman governor”. He says: “My kingdom does not belong to this world” because the power of this world is limited, but the power of the Lord is eternal. It is the Kingdom of justice, love, and peace. It is the Kingdom of hope. His Kingdom comes to transform the human being to become a “witness of the Truth” in a world where many times the truth is manipulated. Yes, because “everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice” “and the truth will set you free”. Jn. 8:32.
The Truth of Christ and His Church is to carry the cross giving testimony of life every day with sacrifices made within our family, work environment, and community.
How nice it would be if we would examine our conscience every night before going to bed and ask ourselves: What are the obstacles to the Truth that I find in my every day life so that I can be faithful to Christ?
Let us allow the Feast of Christ the King to become a motive for joy in knowing that God’s Plan was fulfilled in Christ Jesus. He overcame the darkness of our soul from the throne of His Cross so that through prayer and the Eucharist we can be humble and faithful to the Truth of His Kingdom. Amen.