Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kingship of Christ

Pilate therefore said to him:
Art thou a King then?
Jesus answered:
Thou sayest that I am a King.
For this was I born, 
And for this I came into the world.
- John 18

Those of you who follow the new calendar will no doubt be confused by the timing of this post.  I know that the new calendar places this feast later in November, but, as Traditional Catholics, my family and I follow the old calendar, which places the feast today, the last Sunday in October.

I don't know about you, but I sometimes wonder if perhaps the world could be significantly improved by the re-institution of real monarchy.  I've thought that if only good men could become kings, a great many problems might be solved - but silly me!  My human mind cannot seem to retain the fact that the world already has a king.  Yes, a great king.  Not only a good man, but the most perfect Man ever to live: a Man who is also God.  So why then, you ask, is the world so erring?  It's quite simple, really, and quite sad.  We do not acknowledge Him.  We see Our Lord as a nice friend, or as a kind spirit who grants favors, and we completely ignore the fact that He is our King - One to whom we swear fealty in baptism and confirmation.   And what a king He is!  Could you imagine having an earthly king knock on your door one day and ask if he could stay a while?  Sounds preposterous, doesn't it?  Well of course we know that Our Lord does just that when we receive him in the Holy Eucharist, only He goes further than our living room - he enters our very being, and rests in our heart.  No wonder it's a mortal sin to receive communion with mortal sin on one's soul.  It would be like inviting a king into your house when everything's dirty and the children are sick!  No, we must acknowledge Christ as our true King and give the reverence which is due Him.  

Well, I went off on a bit of a tangent there. There is just so much to say, and it's so hard to find the right words to say it with!  I wanted to explain so much about the kingship of Christ and how wonderful and helpful it is for us....oh well.  If one of you lovely readers would like to fill in my gaps, do your own post about Christ the King, or simply comment here. 

Vive le Roi!


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