Feast of Christ the King
Theme: “Living in Christ: Our Sovereign King”
Homily by Fr. Romie Jun Penalosa
First Reading: Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14
Second Reading: Hebrews 1: 1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 93: 1-5
Gospel Reading: John 18: 33-37
FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
(A RECAPITULATION BASED ON THE HOMILY OF +FR. ROMIE JUN PEÑALOSA)
“Has your life improved today compared to last year?
“Are you a better person today? A better husband/wife? A better son/daughter? Because of Christ who ruled in your life?”
“Who sits on the throne of your heart?”
Questions we need to ask ourselves if we proclaim Jesus Christ as our King.
Today’s Gospel reading speaks of the kingship and the kingdom of our Lord Jesus, which He himself confirmed when asked by Pilate.
Father Jun, in his homily, recalls how Spain introduced Christianity to us. With the past 500 years of knowing Christ and planting Christianity to our nation….What have we become as a people? Did we progress or become better as a people?
He shared this story in relation to our celebration of the feast of Christ the King. Today marks the last Sunday of the church calendar. And as we enter the Advent season or the beginning of the New Year, we need to take the time to evaluate ourselves regarding what happened during the year so that when we enter another year, we can already set goals to help us become a better person; and become a better church.
Secularism arose when people developed the idea of pushing away God and removing God from politics and other worldly affairs. There was also a rise in dictatorship. These events gave birth to Pope Pius XI’ declaration of the Feast of Christ the King in 1925. The message for this feast was clear: There is only one King who ruled the world…and that is our Lord Jesus Christ!
Among the many things that is happening in the world right now, where are we? Or how far are we in our faith in God? We are facing only one pandemic now, as we can see outside…but we are battling many effects of it inside us. Many suffered depression, nervous breakdowns, mental illness, and poverty. Others have pushed their lives away; while many also have been crushed and destroyed their lives.
So how far did we improve our lives then? If we proclaim that Christ is really our King, then His righteousness must rule in our lives. And that righteousness must come from the truth that He Himself proclaim. Truth alone can bring peace to our lives. Let us then allow Him to be our real King and sit in the throne of our hearts!
MERCY DE LA CRUZ-ESPIRITU
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