CHRIST THE KING
We have just celebrated the Feast of Christ the King and in a few days we will begin Advent, where we prepare for the Coming of Christ at Christmas. Christ we see as King of Heaven and Earth, and the whole Cosmos. The Liturgy is a great mystery, in many ways it is the mystery of his Kingship. In the Mass the Sacrifice of Calvary is being made continuously present. Redemption is, in that sense utterly dynamic and more real than we can imagine. And so in the liturgical cycle of the year, the different aspects of Christ’s life, and his triumph over sin and death, are constantly entering our lives. Too often though we are like the people who Christ describes as the seed that falls among thorns. We are choked by the cares of the world, by worries which obscure God’s loving designs for us.
The Feast of Christ The King teaches us something very important. He is Lord of our intellects, our wills, and our hearts. In so far as we close these three areas of our lives we are in the greatest danger of damnation. For several centuries now we have been expelling Christ’s reign from our intellects. Our thought world must be open to new philosophies, new ways of understanding of the world, especially in the realms of science. Christ must not be allowed into these new territories, lest we cannot think autonomously, independently from Him. We are like children, who do not want their parents to know what they have been doing, in case they forbid us from doing it or punish us. Sin is always furtive, is always trying to hide. What such people forget is that Christ thinks with his Father, wills with his Father, and loves with his Father, and loves his Father, and so the Love of the Holy Spirit is poured out on the Human race that they think clearly and truly, and will to do the Father’s will, and to love in the love of The Holy Spirit.
It is the tragedy of contemporary Western man, whose thought processes are trying to capture every people for an autonomous and individualistic world view, that he is leading ancient civilizations to their doom. The atheistic and agnostic world view simply leads to hopelessness and despair. It is a world where dog eats dog, or it is a world of crushing totalitarianism, which we see emerging in the United States, and may soon arise in Western Europe. The Kingship of Christ that brings harmony and peace at every level of the individual’s life, and in society, is banished, and all that remains is misery. For the rich and the powerful comfort only softens the pain of their loneliness, and for those less fortunate, there is a labyrinth that leads to something worse than the Minotaur, it leads to an embrace by the Devil.
If the Church is to bring some sanity to the insane world that we inhabit, she must develop a very strong theology of the Kingship of Christ, and so roll back the social chaos that was the bitter fruits of the Great War. As we are about to enter 2014 let us pray for the reign of Christ the King, which is Peace; a most perfect harmony, an expression of Christ’s mercy and love, and foretaste of Heaven.