CHRIST THE KING
In today’s final Gospel of the liturgical year, we come to the moment when Jesus declares that his kingdom is not of this world.
In 1925, Pope Pius XI instituted this special Sunday as the Feast of Christ the King. In 1969, Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new title: Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe. He also gave it the highest rank, that of solemnity.
After a year of teaching, our Gospel stories end with the stunning realization that Jesus is much more than a local Jewish leader. He is, in fact, the king of the entire universe and the king of the incomprehensible vastness of endless space and endless time.
Deacon Dick Folger