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Nov 25, 2017 Written by  Rev. Fr. Paulino Twesigye Mondo

Solemnity of Christ the King Year A Be the first to comment!

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Theme: The end is the beginning

Today the 34th and last ordinary Sunday in the liturgical year the Church we celebrate the feast of Christ the King instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. This was meant to give a proper catechesis to the faithful on who is the true King of the universe. While Emperors and secular kings exist in history books; we still honor Christ as the King of the Universe, by enthroned in our hearts. Today the Church presents Jesus, whom we have contemplated preaching, teaching and healing us daily; so that we can truly celebrate him as Lord and God. During this feast we are called to a renewal our loyalty. On this we can borrow a leaf from St. Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna.

During his trial he was brought before the Roman authorities and told to curse Christ and he would be released.  He replied; for eighty-six years have I served him and he has done me no wrong; how then can I blaspheme my king Jesus Christ who saved me?  The Roman officer replied, ‘unless you change your mind, I will have you burnt.  But Polycarp said, you threaten a fire that burns for an hour and after a while is quenched; for you are ignorant of the judgment to come and of everlasting punishment reserved for the ungodly.  Do what you wish’.  Loyalty to Jesus means witness.

First reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15:17

The first reading presents God as a shepherd. With this Ezekiel was consoling the Jews exiled in Babylonia, explaining that their exile had been caused by infidelity and disloyalty to God on the part of their kings and leaders.  In this passage, Ezekiel prophesied that God would eliminate the middle-men, the unfaithful shepherds of His People of Israel and would Himself become Israel’s Shepherd leading, feeding, healing and protecting His sheep. Ezekiel reproaches the leaders of Israel for they were living on the sheep without responding to their needs. They provided no care for those who remained close and left those who strayed to their own chances.

With their people in great danger, the religious leaders cared less even when many were getting lost to idol worship and a cultureless faith. Instead of caring, they ate and feasted on the weak while abandoning those flock wounded and broken. Now God himself would assume the role of shepherd; bringing back the exiled, going after the lost, bandaging the wounded and curing the ill. Though the prophecy of Ezekiel happened hundreds of years back, it came to be. God took it upon himself to seek those that had got lost and the strayed and brought them back. The injured He bandaged while those that had got sick were healed. In this first reading, God is the good shepherd and provider to his people. He is the one that St. John will refer to in the gospel that “I am the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep” John.10:11.

Second reading: 1Corinthians 15:20-26, 28

In the second reading, St. Paul introduces Christ as the all-powerful ruler who raises the dead and to whom every other power and authority must eventually give way. In this way he answers the question: ‘If Jesus is alive among us by his resurrection, how does he affect our lives?’  The Platonic doctrine insisted that human beings were originally pure spirits who lived in the presence of God. When they sinned and were punishment they had to carry a human body which they shed at death as they are liberated to return to their original state of happiness. This is what is clarified by Paul that our bodies are alive and holy in the risen body of Christ.

The Corinthians like most of us could not understand how Jesus had been raised with his glorious body and how we would share in this.  Paul explained to them that, as God the Father had raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus too, would raise those who believed in him. In other words, the first mission of the risen Christ as King is to give us eternal life by raising us from death, thus undoing the primary consequence of Adam’s sin. The final mission of Christ the King will be to subject all cosmic powers to himself and then to God his Father. Paul further clarifies that Christ’s reign will last until his mission is accomplished and all forces contrary to God are subdued. Paul speaks of the final resurrection of the just and the subjection of all forces of evil to the sovereignty of God. Three Pauline personifications – Christ, Adam and death – are present here. Christians are bonded with each of these: with Adam in the order of nature, with Christ in grace and in baptismal death so that our faith can grow. When we belong to Christ, the Holy Spirit controls our human nature and we overcome death.

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Today’s gospel presents Christ the King coming in his heavenly glory to judge us based on how we have cared for others through works of mercy. In doing so, Matthew opens a new dimension of the risen Jesus as sovereign judge in addition to a good shepherd leading, feeding and healing his sheep. Christ the King but is the responsible master of justice who cares about the way we relate. In the parable of separating sheep from goats; every person whom we care for especially the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick or in prison is revealed to us the risen Jesus. Our reward or punishment depends on how we have treated the needy. 

Applying this Scripture, Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910, the great Russian controversial lay philosopher took seriously the demands of Matthew 25:37 and attempted to live accordingly. One day a beggar stopped him while on a walk and asked him for alms. ‘Tolstoy searched his pockets for money but had nothing; then he said with regret, please do not be angry with me my brother because I have nothing. If I did, I would gladly give it to you. At that, the beggar’s face brightened with joy and responded to Tolstoy; you have given me more than I asked for by calling me your brother!’ Tolstoy had not only practiced the Great Sermon by regarding the poor man asking him for alms as a brother, but had also learned to see the face of Christ in the poor. Some years ago, an American soldier on a bus in Rome told the man sitting next to him, ‘America is the most democratic country in the world. Ordinary citizens go to the White House to see the President and discuss things with him. The man responded; that is nothing. In Rome, the Pope and the people travel on the same bus.’ When the man got off the bus at the next stop, the American was told by other passengers that he had been sitting next to Pope Francis.

How many times have you heard the parable of the sheep and the goats? I think most of us have heard it several times. The parable is certainly one of the Church’s favorite, since it underlines the Social Gospel, prerequisite for being a committed disciple. Here, compassion or the lack of is the basis for final judgment. The parable invites us to submit ourselves to the Kingship of Jesus by loving our neighbors and taking responsibility for others. To be a Christian means to feed the hungry, welcome strangers, visit the sick and those in prison, to cloth the naked and give water to the thirsty. On Judgment day, Jesus will judge us not on the basis of our wealth, power or fame but on the basis of how much we care for the poor.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta observed a novice using tweezers to pluck maggots from the leg of a dying leper. The young woman stood at arm’s length to perform the odious task. Gently but firmly, Mother Teresa corrected her by taking the tweezers and putting her face quite near the wound, and said, you don’t understand, my dear. This is the leg of Christ our Lord. For what you do to this man, you do to him. One day a lonely shoemaker was promised a visit by our Lord. Eagerly all day he awaited his arrival. But all that came was a man in need of shoes, a young mother in need of food and shelter, a child in need of a friend. The shoemaker told them to give was because an important personality was coming and the day ended. Later he heard a voice, I did come to you today my friend; not once, but three times and you neglected me.

Application

When Abraham Lincoln died mourners came to pay their homage, a black woman in the long queue lifted up her little son and said in a hushed voice: ‘honey, take a long, long look. He died to give us freedom from slavery’. Today’s gospel tells  us what the mother told her son, to take a long look at Jesus Christ who died on the Cross to redeem us from Satan’s slavery. Today he asks us to redeem others from slavery of hunger, loneliness, sickness, imprisonment, nakedness and thirst. Let us conclude the Church year by asking Jesus to help us love him and serve others to the best of our abilities. Christus vincit!  Christus regnat!  Christus imperat!  Christ conquers! Christ rules!  Christ reigns!  God bless you.

 

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