PARISH PRIEST’S REFLECTION
SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE:
Daniel 7:13-14 | Revelation 1:5-8 | John 18:33b-37
THEME: JESUS CHRIST THE FIRST BORN OF THE DEAD DESERVES THE TITLE OF CHRIST THE KING OF KINGS
Jesus Christ deserves the title of KING of kings not by the standards of this world, but on the contrary, by conquering our greatest fears in this world namely, death.
As Jesus faced death and was before the Roman Governor, that is PILATE, where He declared: “My Kingship is not of this world; if My kingship were of this world, My servants would FIGHT, that I might not be handed over to the Jews (to face death). Jesus did not fight in the manner, the world fights to deserve the title King. Instead He succumbed to death contrary to the methods of fighting, which the world uses to access power. He accepts to be defeated by death by God’s power and become the King of kings. Jesus does not fight to become a King. He says that He was born to be King and that is why He came into this world so that by succumbing to death, He would bear witness to the TRUTH. Christ the King is inviting us to be on the side of the TRUTH.
To be on the side of the Truth, is the greatest weapon to conquer FEAR and especially the fear of death. Christ achieved it and acquired the Title of King of Kings. So today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ The King seated on the throne judging the Living and the dead. This feast crowns the Liturgical year, sort of summarizing the work of Christ Who presents those on the side of the Truth to the Father.
Jesus says that everyone who is the truth HEARS HIS VOICE. Christ has the authority from the Father. When He conquered death, He was presented to the Father and to Him was given DOMINION, GLORY and KINGDOM that all PEOPLES, NATIONS, and LANGUAGES should serve Him; His dominions are an everlasting dominion, which shall not die and shall not be destroyed.
Jesus therefore is the Faithful Witness, the First-born of the Dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth. So to Him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His BLOOD and made us a KINGDOM, priests to His God and Father, to Him be GLORY and DOMINION for EVER and EVER.
HAPPY FEAST DAY, THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST THE KING.
Msgr. Gerard Kalumba
Christ the King Parish, Kampala