*HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING, YEAR A.*
1 Corinthians 15:20-26.28
*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 Ezekiel says in the first reading, since the human kings of Israel failed, God himself will be their King and take Israel to the mountain – a place of the law and the covenant and talk to her – a location of obedience and faithfulness.
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 says 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.