Millions of people have been anxiously waiting to see who was going to be elected President of the United States. Are we the kind of people who place all hope in politicians to change society and fulfil the numberless promises they make during their presidential campaign?
Yet can a president, no matter who he or she is, have the power to take away our sufferings and to wash away original sin and its consequence, death?
Only one man on earth has been able to do this, a man absolutely unique in the history of humanity. A man who is true God and true man, with his two natures in one divine person: Jesus Christ, the King of heaven and earth.
What was the intention of Pope Pius XI to establish this Solemnity in 1925?
“If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.”
In today’s readings, the particular Kingship of Jesus is revealed:
-Entrance antiphon: “… the Lamb who was slain…”
-Opening Prayer: “…your beloved Son, the King of the Universe…”
-2nd Reading: “He has rescued us out of the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son…” (Col.1,13)
-Gospel: Even the good thief crucified next to Jesus acknowledged him as being a king: “Remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23,42)
Let us invite Jesus to reign in our hearts as healer through Baptism and the sacrament of Reconciliation and as the merciful Love in person when we receive Him in the Holy Eucharist.