Christ the King

Happy Feast of Christ the King! This is an excellent post describing how Christ built His Kingdom on the Truth, while the kingdoms of the world are more than willing to neglect the truth in favor of power.

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Christ the King

We live in an era of conspiracy theories, fake news, and alternative facts. In the past falsehood competed with truth. Now it’s confusion. We don’t have to be convinced of a lie to be led astray. It’s enough to become cynical and doubt that we can ever arrive at objective, absolute truth. Truth becomes relative and personal: “You have your truth. I have mine.” The person who shouts the loudest seems to get the most attention nowadays. Into this charred, postmodern landscape comes a stranger and alien, Jesus Christ. When he finally got his day in court, the judge wanted to know if he was indeed a king. He was, but he said his kingdom was not of this world (John 18:33-37). This world loves power, not truth. Jesus gave up his power to bear witness to the truth.

“So you really are a king?” Pilate asked.


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4 comments on “Christ the King

  1. Gaheret says:

    Thank you! This is a feast specially close to my heart: the Spanish martyrs used to die saying “¡viva Cristo Rey!”, that is, “long life Christ the King!”

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  2. Ah, this brings to mind a lot of Scripture passages, though the one on the top of my head right now is Matthew 12:43-45, the one about the return of that one unclean spirit to that cleaned yet empty house. Like, what’s the point in pointing out our wrongdoings and refraining from doing those if we don’t really strive to do anything good according to God’s will alongside all that? To be honest, though, I myself also find it quite tempting to do such misbehavior, and I’ve fallen for it a lot before, as I trusted myself too much and thought myself holding the answers to everything. So yeah, I’d like to ask for prayers and guidance yet again, even if it would cause me pain against my knee-jerk resistance against corrections. Better to suffer for God than to relax for the Devil, after all.

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    • We commit some sins over and over again for a number of reasons. Habit in general is one: we become used to acting in the same way during a recurring set of circumstances–hence, the promise in the Act of Contrition to avoid “the near occasions of sin.” I remember reading that the person who founded Alcoholics anonymous would have to cross to the other side of the street if he were about to walk next to a bar. We’re often not conscientious about pulling out our sins from the roots. We thrust ourselves into situations which have been fatal to us before and expect different results–sometimes we have different results! But, in those cases, I am inclined to think that we commit a sin of pride and rely too much on the force of grace annulling our prior habit of sin. And, we can only expect God to punish us for our pride by eventually allowing us to fall into the snare we willingly walk into.

      But, in general, we are all too willing to keep living as we are living. Only by God showing the error of our ways in permitting us to sin through our not avoiding the occasions of sin do we ever begin to want to change. And, there are habits of thought which must be overcome too. These can only be changed by prayer, the sacraments, and spiritual reading. But, we pray too little, receive the sacraments infrequently and coldly, and peruse worldly media while ignoring works produced by fellow Christians and saints!

      It’s important to keep in mind St. Gregory of Nyssa’s quote, “When the race of virtue ends, the race of evil begins.” We cannot stay still–happy and content. We are either moving one way or the other, and the way of virtue requires effort and toil. The road of virtue may be bumpy, and we may fall on the way; but, God will reward our efforts as long as we continue to repent. “Where there is confession, there is hope,” as one saint said.

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