The Feast of Christ the King

We are now in the last week of the liturgical year, which ends this Saturday. Our new year begins this coming Sunday, with the first Sunday of Advent, in which we begin to anticipate the very real coming of Jesus Christ.

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But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As this year draws to a close, let’s consider the Feast of Christ the King, which we celebrated last Sunday. Fr. Cantalamessa, the preacher for the papal household, gave a brief but very meaty commentary on the readings for the day.

The solemnity of Christ the King was instituted … in 1925 in response to the atheist and totalitarian political regimes that denied the rights of God and the Church. … for example, … the Mexican revolution, when many Christians went to their deaths crying out to their last breath, “Long live Christ the King!”

Sunday’s Gospel passage narrates the death of Christ, because it is at that moment that Christ begins to rule over the world. The cross is Christ’s throne.

the most important question to ask on the feast of Christ the King is not whether he reigns in the world but whether he reigns in me; it is not whether his kingship is recognized by states and governments, but whether it is recognized and lived in me.

So as we bring this year to a close, let us reflect deeply on this question – is Christ the King of my life?

To read the whole commentary, go here. You can find the readings for the day here, and the original proclamation establishing the feast day by Pope Pius XI here.

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The Feast of Christ the King

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