HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING, YEAR B.
Daniel 7 :13-14
John 18:33b -37
THEME: OUR KING SAVES
Beloved in Christ, today we celebrate the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the universe. We celebrate a King willing to die for humanity and whose loving kindness endures forever. We shall therefore have an Eucharistic procession after mass to profess our faith in Christ as King of the universe and to invite the world to embrace his kingship. We do so by reminding them that all power belongs to Christ (Matthew 28:18) Therefore, Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills and bodies.
Beloved,though our world will associate the word King with power and majesty, Jesus tells us today that it is for service and not to manipulate or abuse others. Since Jesus who is our king serves, we are also invited to a life of service. And it is this theme that the gospel passage emphasizes. Jesus reminds us of what we are to do to be saved, that is helping those in need, no matter their background.
My dear friend, it is in line with this that Daniel says in the first reading, his kingship shall not be destroyed.
Beloved, today more than ever, the world needs the example of Christ the King, for there is a growing shift to individualism (where the only authority is the individual self) in the areas of faith and morals. Most people now think that the church cannot tell them what to do and that they are only responsible to their conscience forgetting that an uneducated conscience is the ruin of man.
Finally, this also goes to those in authority that the position they hold is for service and that absolute power belongs to God. Also, it reminds us all of our royal status and the responsibility we have in preserving it.