The Solemnity of Christ the King  by Rev . Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah 

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The Solemnity of Christ the King  by Rev . Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 23:1-2, 2-3, 5, 6
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46


Theme: Hail Christ Our King


Today is the last Sunday
of our Liturgical Year. It also is a Feast Day, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Most of us know it as the Feast of Christ the King. This feast day was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI who was concerned about the state of the world in the post-World War I period, a war in which over 9 million soldiers were killed and over 21 million wounded. The Pope wanted the world to seriously reflect on the true ruler of the world whose rulership is marked by peace and not war and whose kingdom has no end.

Explanation of the Text

Our first Reading taking from the Prophet Ezekiel recounts what God intended to do with the people of Israel because those He appointed and elected as Shepherds for His Sheep had not only disappointed Him but failed woefully in the discharge of their duties. He added that He Himself will take over the duty of shepherding and caring for them.

Jesus came to dwell among us as the Messiah and Shepherd whose coming was heralded by the Prophets but the people at His time did not recognize him because they were looking for a king of power and strength, who would take vengeance on those who they felt had hurt them.

They didn’t expect a man who would take as his throne a cross. And take as his golden crown, a crown of thorns. And who would be meek and humble and, to the very end, give every last drop of his own blood. It seems like a great contradiction. Many of His people rejected Him and His rulership and saw Him to be a rebel leader and yet some accepted Him as the true Messiah.

In our Gospel reading Jesus talked about the lives of those who have accepted His rulership as those who see Christ in their fellow. Therefore He asserts that whatever you do to the least of my brothers you do it for me. The sons and daughters of the kingdom are those who see Christ in others. We can’t claim to accept Jesus and His rulership and yet fail to be sensitive to people’s plight.

May the true Shepherd lead us to recognize Christ in each one of us.


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