Today we celebrate Christ the King. When Pope Pius XI instituted this Feast in 1925, the emphasis was on the social and political implication of Christís kingship. In an era that was marked by the rise and fall of extreme ideological tendencies, the Church wanted to make a strong statement with this Feast. Its message was simple: Our King is Christ! And his kingship is different from all that we are used to. He does not come with political power or might. He does not come with weapons or threats. No! He comes as one of us. He is a king that became as ordinary as each one of us.

The message of Christ the king is a revolutionary one. Jesus is telling us nothing less than that the only effective and lasting power in the world is that of unselfish love. But this message is difficult for most people today because we find it so hard to believe that quiet, gentle and persistent love, which seeks only the good of others, can possibly be more powerful than all the money and missiles and bombs on which we rely for security. The message is also revolutionary and challenging for quite another reason. Caring for the least of our brothers and sisters is not always a primary value for us these days. One needs only to listen to our radios or watch our TV to know and notice this. Whose praise is sung and who is congratulated the most? †Not the poor, not those who are hungry, or sick or in prison; but those who are in positions of power and privilege, those from whom we expect to gain one favour or the other! Thank God, Scripture and the social teachings of our church promote a different message. In them we are reminded that a basic moral test of any society is how it treats its most vulnerable members.

The question that we should ask ourselves today is simple: Is Christ the King of my life? If yes, then How do I feel about my obligation to the least in our society? To the extent that we are able to ask and seek genuine answers to these questions! To live according to the principles of Jesus Kingship means to help spread his love around, by our words and our actions. As we graciously buy into this philosophy of love, The readier and more willing we are to do this, the more like Christ we will become and our confession of Christ as Lord and Saviour, of King and Redeemer, will become increasingly clear and persuasive in the world.

Revíd. Fr. Colin Humes