Homily for Feast of Christ the King Year B

Homily for Feast of Christ the King Year B

Theme: “MINE IS NOT A KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD”

By: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu

Homily for Sunday November 21 2021

Homily for Feast of Christ the King Year B

Theme: “MINE IS NOT A KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD”

By: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu

 

Homily for Sunday November 21 2021

This is the 34th and last Sunday in ordinary time. It is also marked as the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This feast was established in 1925 by pope Pius XI. It was established to counteract the secularism of the time. Secularism is a way of life that upholds human thinking and denies the existence of God. For secularists, the human person is more important than God. Human beings are free to live and organize their lives without reference to God. Hence, the feast of Christ the King is established to proclaim the reign of Christ as God over and above any human authority, family, society or nation. The reign of Jesus surpasses all earthly powers or governments. “His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed” (Dn. 7:13-14).

Therefore, the feast celebrates the fact that, “all power belongs to Jesus.” All earthly powers are inferior to the power of Jesus. He is above all things and everything is created through him and for him. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bend to the glory of God the Father. Every authority in heaven, on earth, and under the earth are subject to him. He holds the keys to life and death. His Kingship extends beyond space and time forever. His kingdom is adorned with justice, peace, love and joy. He is the image of the invisible God! “To him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 1:5-8). What a mighty God we have!

In contrast to the earthly rulers who oppress their subjects and introduce the reign of darkness, Christ the King establishes his kingdom of light that illumines every dark corner of the universe. While the earthly rulers barricade themselves with iron gates and burglary proof, Christ the King does not hide himself. Christ the King does not go with siren or in convoy of security officials carrying machine guns, as earthly rulers do. He rather beckons on everyone, “come to me all you who labor and are overburdened and I will give you rest.” While earthly rulers wear golden crowns, golden rings and ride on horses and tinted glass cars, Christ the king rode on a colt and wore crown of thorns. In this way he comes to the level of the poor, the oppressed and the needy. As earthly rulers serve one or two tenures, Christ the King reigns forever and ever. No wonder he told Pilate, “Mine is not a kingdom of this world, my kingdom is not here” (Jn. 18:33-37). May Christ the Universal King set us free, amen. Happy feast day.

Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu


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