Homily For 34th Sunday Of Ordinary Time, Year B

Christ, King Of The Universe Reigns!

Readings: 1st: Dan 7, 13-14; Ps: 15; 2nd: Rev 1, 5-8; Gos: Jn 18, 33-37

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on:  canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

The solemnity of Christ the King marks the definitive end of the church’s ordinary time, and of course, the entire liturgical calendar year B. Today, we acknowledge and adore Christ as the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the beginning and the end.

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This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in response to growing nationalism and secularism. It was also instituted in order to promote the worship of Christ both in the privacy of our hearts, as well as publicly. The title of the feast was “Jesu Christi Regis” (Jesus Christ the King).

In his “motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis” of 1969, Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new title: “Iesu Christi universorum Regis” (Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). He also moved the celebration to the last Sunday in the liturgical calendar and transformed it from a feast to a “Solemnity.”

Both our first and second reading bear witness to the lordship of Christ. Daniel prophesied about Christ’s eternal and peaceful reign. He identified Christ as the “Son of Man.” While John called Him: “the first born of all creation…the Alpha and the Omega.” Both readings also remind us that Christ’s reign shall be that of peace, justice, love and truth.

In today’s gospel, Pilate and the Jews ignorantly castigated and crucified Christ their King. They did not accept the truth that Christ preached about his kingdom. Rather, they hardened their hearts, thinking that everything ends here on earth.

Like Pilate and his collaborators, some of us are deceived by what we see in this world. That is, by believing that everything ends here on earth. However, the truth is that the kingdom of this world will pass away, but the kingdom of Christ will last forever.

One of the most important goals of today’s celebration is to acknowledge and worship Christ as the king of the universe. We must allow Him to reign in our lives. If He reigns in every heart, our families, society and our entire world would be a better place.

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So, today’s celebration challenges us to ask ourselves this very important question: “Is Christ reigning in my life? Today’s celebration would be of no use, if we have not given Christ the chance to reign in our lives, in our families, businesses, and in our entire world.

Also, today’s celebration calls us to see Christ the king must be our role model. He should a model to all kings, rulers, and leaders. He cares, loves and lives in peace with his people. He does not rule with military might, or financial strength. Instead, he is a good Shepherd.

As the King of Kings, Christ is a just judge, a compassionate and merciful king. He is a king who treats his subjects as brothers and friends. He is close, and we do not need any special protocol to reach him. Today, let us join the psalmist in proclaiming: “The Lord is king, He is robed in majesty .”

Peace be with you!

Maranatha!

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