Pastor's Desk - Christ the Universal King

Posted 20th November 2021 in Pastor's Desk

Today we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King. It was introduced by Pope Pius XI in 1925 because he felt that a rise in secularism at that time was a denial of Christ’s authority in the world.

When you think of a King the first image or thought that may come to mind is one of someone in fine clothes who lives in a beautiful building and whose every need is taken care of by their servants perhaps. They have no financial worries and only have to request something and it will be granted in no time.

But in contrast to modern day kings Jesus was one who came to serve and not be served. Pilate tries to catch him out in today’s gospel, perhaps because he had recognised something in Jesus himself and sensed his ‘kingship’. For someone like Pilate, a person’s kingship or power was judged by the might of his army, their success in battle and how feared they were by their subjects. Maybe he felt threatened by Jesus with his example of self-giving love and respect for his fellow human beings.

As the modern day followers or disciples of Jesus that example of self-giving love is what we must all aspire to each day.

Today, each of us is invited to make him King of our hearts and our lives.

Fr. Gerry