November 21, 2021

The Solemnity of Christ the King

We have one of the most critical passages in the New Testament for our reflection today. Jesus is standing before Pontius Pilate. The religious leaders are demanding his death. Pilate has little respect for the unruly people he’s ruling. He doesn’t know what they have against Jesus other than a trumped-up charge that he wants to be the king of the Jews. He knows that if a strong leader appears, they will support him in a rebellion against Rome. Evidently, this man isn’t that charismatic figure, and he isn’t going to lead a revolt against Rome. Mockingly, Pilate asks Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus’ answer comes without any hesitation: “You say I am a king. For this, I was born, and for this, I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate couldn’t comprehend the depth of Jesus’ answer. He spits out a flippant response. “Truth, what is that?”

In a few hours, Jesus will be lifted up on the cross, and from that kingly throne, he will testify to the truth. He will draw all things” to himself, and through him, with him and in him all of creation will give glory to God, the almighty Father.

The feast of Christ the King declares the all-encompassing presence of Christ. We must never forget his prayer at the Last Supper. “That they all may be one, as you Father are in me, and I am in you. May they also be in us.” Today we contemplate our harmony with one another, with all of creation, and with God. Reigning from the throne of the cross, Christ the King, pouring out his love, the Divine Energy, eternally drawing all creation into the very heart of God.

Let Us Pray:

For me, my God, all joy and all achievement, the very purpose of my being, and all my love of life depend on this one basic vision of the union between yourself and the universe… I have no desire; I have no ability to proclaim anything except the innumerable prolongations of your incarnate Being in the world of matter. I can preach only the mystery of your flesh, you the Soul shining forth through all that surrounds us. (From Mass on the World by Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, S.J. 1923)


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About John Kamas, SSS

Father Kamas is pastor of Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City, New York.