We priests have just come out of 5 days of Spiritual Retreat, led by Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB (i.e. a Benedictine monk) of the Diocese of Aberdeen, Scotland. During the retreat, Fr Graeme mischievously set me up for a confrontation with the bishop. He knew I have no time for the Monarchy, and when he discovered that the Bishop is very much a Monarchist, challenged me to confront the Bishop. Not one that is shy for a fight, that I duly did……
Why am I not a Monarchist? You may have heard me preach the reason. It is simple. I reckon the idea of having worldly Kings and Queens makes a mockery of the idea that all human beings are born equal. And that was the point I made to the bishop. I however held back the point that I already have a King, but not just a worldly king: I have Christ as my King. God is my King. I do not need a worldly king who is born into privilege, where respect is a status not usually earned, but bestowed by the virtue of being born with a silver spoon in the mouth. My King emptied Himself to be like one of us…..
In the Old Testament, the People of God wanted kings to emulate the ways of the pagans, the people of the gentile race. Despite being warned against it, they people of God asked for Kings. This humanly kingship was eventually redeemed by God promising to give them the true King which will come from the line of King David – Christ Himself – and His Kingdom will have no end. On the Last Sunday of the Liturgical year (week 34 in Ordinary time), we celebrate the Feast of the true King: Christ the King. The Feast was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism in which God is left out of society’s thinking and living as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ’s royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.
Christ is King. In His Divinity, He is the Creator of the Universe and wields supreme power over all things. And what is His kingdom like? The answer is found in the words used for the liturgy on this feast day: The liturgy speaks of the King’s Kingdom, telling us that:it is supreme, it extends not only to people, but also to all worldly princes and kings,It is eternal – His kingdom is forever and it is spiritual, for in His own words: His Kingdom is “not of this world”. God is King, Christ is King. His kingdom will have no end. Do not settle for a worldly one!
God Bless, Fr Michael
P/s: This Sunday we thank the students from OLV school for taking a key-role in the Liturgy of the Mass…..