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Christ the King, year c

*HOMILY FOR FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING, Year C.*

Readings:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

*THEME: JESUS CHRIST IS OUR KING.*

Beloved in Christ, this morning we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, an event that marks the end of the church’s liturgical year with  a call on us to renew our commitment to Christ as the centre of our life. This celebration addresses the greatness of God as well as the dignity He has given His people. It also reminds us that next Sunday begins the season of Advent; a period of preparation for the coming of Christ.

Beloved, this feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925; the era of the rise of non-Christian dictatorship and their attempt to assert authority over the church. In fact, it was at a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning. It was to counteract the growing secularism, atheism and all the “isms”, that seek to make man and not God, as the most powerful force in the world.

This  celebration tells us God cannot be eliminated from the life of man; since He is the foundation and centre of human life. We are thus reminded  not to focus on our selfish interest but on Christ.

My dear friend, this celebration also invites us to see the cross as a symbol of victory and not of hopelessness; and also as a sign of identity of Christ and His followers.

Let me affirm that the Kingdom of Christ does not dwell on maps but in the hearts of all who accept  His sovereign rule. It is therefore a universal, an eternal and a spiritual Kingdom. And to become sharers in this Kingdom, we need to follow the three steps example of the good thief in the gospel namely; humility before Christ, an acknowledgment of our sins and a commitment to stand for Jesus.                                      Culled from.                                  www.padredolphyne.WordPress.com.                                    www.Facebook.com/padredolphyne/                           www.padredolphyne.blogspot.com

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