The Solemnity of Christ the King
November 20, 2016
Cristo Rey Parish, Lincoln NE
Bishop James Conley
Dear friends in Christ.
I am very happy to celebrate this Sunday Mass with you today, on the feast day of your parish, the Solemnity of Cristo Rey, Christ the King.
And I was very happy just before Mass today, to bless the new convent and chapel for the Passionist Sisters; I am so happy that our beloved sisters are so close to your parish now. I want to thank all of you who helped to restore and renovate this convent house for our sisters. May God bless your generosity and stewardship.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Today, as we celebrate Cristo Rey, Christ the King, it is important for us to hear and consider the reality of what we celebrate: Jesus Christ is the King of the Universe, He is the Lord of the world, He reigns in our hearts. There is nothing in the world that lies beyond the power of God. And all of creation is subject to the will of God.
St. Luke’s Gospel reminds us that every human person has a choice. We each must choose whether or not we will accept the Kingship of Christ. To accept Christ as King is to accept a kingdom of justice, love, and peace. To accept Christ as King is to accept the truth of the Gospel, and the truth of the Church’s teaching. To accept Christ as King is to accept the Cross—to accept humility, and sacrifice, and radical dependence on the will of God. To accept Christ as King is to accept that we are not in control of our own lives.
The truth is that none of us are ever really in control of our lives. Things happen that impact our families and our welfare that are beyond our control. But to accept Christ as King is to accept that no matter what happens to us, we will choose to respond in love. To accept Christ as King is to love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us. To accept Christ as King is to trust that the truest joy, and peace, and security lies in our eternal home, in paradise with the Lord.
Our nation is living in a moment of uncertainty right now. And many people in our Church are afraid. I know that in this parish, and in this community, many of you are uncertain about what the future holds for you, for your families, and for your friends. Here is the truth: none of us knows what the future will bring. But we are united in Christ our King.
We are brothers and sisters, united in the Kingdom of God. Our unity as Catholics is unity in the love, and peace, and justice of Christ’s Kingdom. Here is what that means: no matter what the future holds, we will face it together. We will stand in solidarity. We will work for justice together. We will support one another in fear. We will stand together, as servants of Christ the King.
To say yes to Christ the King also means to say yes to Christian discipleship.
We must work every day, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to draw close to Jesus. In our own increasingly “post-Christian” society, we cannot be complacent in our spiritual lives. To acknowledge the kingship of Christ means that we should dedicate ourselves to prayer, to building up our families and our parish communities, and to bringing healing to a broken world.
Cada dia debemos trabajar, con la ayuda del Espiritu Santo, para acercarnos mas a Jesus. En nuestro propia sociedad cada vez mas “postcristiana,” no podemos estar satisfechos con nosotros mismos en nuestra vida espiritual. Reconocer el reinada de Cristo significa que debemos dedicarnos al la oracion, a construir familias y nuestras communidades eclesiale y a llevar sanacion a un mundo destriudo.
To accept Christ the King is to live in unity with one another, in love, and fraternity, in service to the Lord, and in hope. Christ the King is the source of our everlasting hope. May Christ the King rule over every human heart, and over the world.
Viva Cristo Rey!