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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Homily for the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B/Solemnity of Christ the King (November 22 2015)

Theme: On the Kingdom of God

Today, the Holy Mother Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King. It is the last Sunday in the ordinary time of the year. This solemnity was established by Pope Piux XI in his encyclical Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King) in 1925. The solemnity was established to make Christians more conscious and convinced of the kingship and supremacy of Christ over all created things and to allow His will reign in their lives. As we reflect on the kingship of Christ who is God, we shall focus more on the kingdom of God, the place where Christ reigns as king. 

In the first reading (Daniel 7:13-14), the prophet Daniel describes his vision of the enthronement of a king. This king was identified as the “Son of man” a title Jesus would later ascribe to himself (cf. Mark 14:61). He was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship and all peoples, nations and languages became His servants. His sovereignty was eternal and His kingdom could never be destroyed. 

In the gospel reading (John 18:33-37), Jesus presents Himself as a king, a concrete manifestation of the first reading. Here, He makes it clear before Pilate that His kingdom is not of this world. It is not a physical kingdom within a distinct geographical area but a spiritual kingdom, a kingdom where He has come to bear witness to the truth. In other words, it is a kingdom that is built in the hearts of men.

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus invites us to pray for the coming of his kingdom: “Thy kingdom come”. It is a prayer of faith and hope in God, a manifestation of the will of God. This is because the kingdom of God comes into reality when and where the will of God is done. This means that the kingdom of God is actualized in us each time we try to do the will of God. Even Christ did not do His own will but did the will of the Father who sent him (John 4:34). This will is what He came into the world to do and as the gospel says, “is to bear witness to the truth”. 

Today, in our modern world, there are so many oppositions to the truth. People always try to suppress the truth and all those who stand for the truth. As a result, there is anarchy and oppression witnessed not only in the religious arena but also in the socio-political sphere. Men have assumed the place of God as supreme legislators and try to impose their will on others rather than obey God’s will. While politicians impose their wrong ideology on people through their bad governance, some religious fundamentalists are terrorising places in the name of conquering territories for God. Our generation has dethroned God and enthroned science and technology. We now listen to politicians and celebrities rather than listen to God. Our morality is a secular morality that that lacks the consciousness of God. For this reason, as Christians we should fight for the reign of Christ.

Therefore, today’s message challenges us to ignore every attempt to dethrone Christ in the affairs of our lives. As we go busy, let us all be awakened to the consciousness of Christ’s omnipotence and supremacy over all created things. It is a call to give Christ primacy in our lives and to be governed by His teachings and ordinances. We are also invited to work for the realization of God’s kingdom here on earth. This kingdom is to be an everlasting kingdom because according to the second reading (Apocalypse 1:5-8) it will be governed by the alpha and omega, the One who is, who was and who is to come. This kingdom can be seen in our families, churches, schools, groups and societies. How do we manifest the will of God in them? As our king, we should be sure that He would also judge us on the last day. God loves you.     

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