Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion for November 22, 2015

Clergy Corner for November 22, 2015, Solemnity of Christ the King
Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1-2, 5; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37

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God needs no human titles. Yet, the image of kingship helps us appreciate Christ's divine majesty and power. Thus, long before the Eternal Word came to earth through the Incarnation, God gave Daniel a vision of Who He is:

I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed (Dan 7:13-14).

Christ is King over all the universe, with everlasting dominion.

The Lord came to earth as the Good Shepherd, to seek out and save the lost, revealing, and being, Divine Truth (see Jn 18:37). Rejected by His own, He submitted to death on the Cross to pay for the world's sins. While the sign on the Cross was mocking – "Jesus, King of the Jews" – Jesus is, in fact, the King of the Jews and of all peoples!

Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the almighty one who is and was and is to come (Rev 1:8). Jesus will come again, as foretold at His Ascension (Acts 1:11). When He does, it will be in His full glory. As God showed St. John: "Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him" (Rev 1:7).

Christ's Kingdom does not (initially) belong to this world (Jn 18:36; Lk 17:20-21; cf. Rm 14:17). The Kingdom of God supersedes any worldly realm and begins within those who pledge their souls to Christ (in Baptism) and live as He teaches, and it ends in the celestial courts of Heaven (see Jn 3:3, 5; Lk 23:42-43; Gal 5:16-24; Eph 5:5). To be in Christ's Kingdom is to be in Him (cf. Lk 17:20-21); and His faithful subjects will reign with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven forever (see 2 Tit 4:18; Jm 2:5).

Yet, when He returns, Christ the King will subject the world and all that is in it to Himself and present it to the Father as time comes to an end (see 1 Cor 15:24-28; Mk 13:24-27; Rev 11:15).

It is our privilege to submit to Christ's Lordship in all things.

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