THE SOLEMNITY OF JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, YEAR C.
24th November 2019
2 Samuel 5:1-3; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43.
Today the universal church celebrates the feast of Jesus Christ the king of the universe. The gospel passage that form today’s gospel presents to us the last moments of Jesus’ life on earth. The anguish of hanging on the cross and the jeering from the people standing around the cross will accompany him to his death. A death that is not suggestive of royalty. A shameful death that is deserving of a criminal. It is indeed amazing how the Christian faith fashioned out belief in a universal kinship of Christ from such a death. He died between two other criminals among whom one acknowledged him as king and was subsequently admitted into the kingdom of Christ. The other could not perceive royalty in death by crucifixion. Thus, we see that the cross of Christ is knowledge and life as revealed in the action of the repentant thief of the cross.
The kingship of Jesus Christ can only be perceived through contrition. The repentant thief was truly sorry for all his transgressions hence he saw in Jesus Christ a king capable of forgiving sins. The kingdom of God admits those who are repentant of theirs sins. Through our sins, we are able to perceive the power of God. The kingship of Jesus Christ is connected with our sins. He has the power to forgive and save from the punishment due to sins.
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.