Pastors Desk: Solemnity of Christ the King / A

Posted 25th November 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 26th November 2017 - Solemnity of Christ the King / A

christ-the-king2Throughout most of history, leaders of nations have been surrounded by riches, servants and others who pander to their wishes. Most have resided in great houses or palaces that we have all heard about from time to time. That power brings with it a life and responsibility of its own because of the trappings associated with their office. Sometimes however leaders can use their office or power to their own advantage and fail to serve the very people who trusted in them and placed them in power. We have seen the consequences of this in Zimbabwe in recent days.

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. While the Feast had previously been celebrated by the Franciscans and other great theologians it was eventually brought into the liturgical year of the universal Church by Pope Pius XI. He wanted to bring Christ, his rule and Christian values back into the lives of Christians, into society and into politics. He wrote an encyclical in response to the rise of secularism throughout Europe at that time. He was witnessing the rise of non-Christian dictatorships in Europe and wanted leaders and nations to recognise that they were bound to give respect to Christ.

When we accept Jesus as King in our lives then all else falls into place. When we allow him to take control of our hearts and minds then we are challenged to treat others with dignity, respect, justice and compassion just as Jesus did.

Fr Gerry