Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
November 23, 2014
From your Pastor,
Although our country was formed as a republic after we broke away from England, we are still fascinated by the Royal Family of England. We seem to follow “religiously “whatever the family does and in particular what Prince William and his family do. Whatever they do, we are right there to follow it through. “The Scandal Sheets” exploit all the topics to get us to buy their papers.
So, what then, does the Feast of Christ the King do for us? What should be our “fascination” with it? Right from the “get-go”, the kingship of Jesus is radically different from an earthly king or queen. His lineage is much better than an earthly king, for He is the Son of God. His throne is also much different - it is the Cross. His crown again is much different – a crown of thorns. In His weakness, He accomplished what no earthly king or queen could accomplish. He won our redemption.
Let us listen carefully to today’s readings and learn from them about Jesus’ job description. From Ezekiel and Psalm 23, we hear again the image of the Shepherd king. This was not a new concept. When the Israelites asked for a king, God appointed for them Shepherd kings. These kings were to rule in the place of God (they were to represent God to the people). Their power was not to come from armies, but from their relationship to God.
From Saint Paul’s letter we hear: “For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life.” Jesus broke Satan’s claim over us. By His death, Resurrection, and Ascension, Jesus won for us the freedom of the children of God. What no earthly king or queen could do, He did. This action is so vividly brought about by a simple action in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ”. Let us remember Jesus in the garden. From underneath His garment, a snake slithers out and Jesus’ crushes its head. This action by Jesus was foretold in Genesis 3:15. Thus we are gently reminded of the victory that Jesus won for us.
As the Gospel continues to use the imagery and actions of a shepherd, we are reminded by Jesus of His fairness and justice. He urges that all we do must reflect our relationship with Him. Let us listen to the words of Jesus: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers (sisters) of mine, you did for me.”
So, let us be a people of faith and action, deeply rooted in our relationship with Jesus. God bless all of you on this Feast of Christ the King.