Christ the King
Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King and marks the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. Being God, JESUS Christ is King of all creation, but sadly the world today doesn’t want to listen to Him. Although His Kingdom is not of this world, it is a Kingdom for all time and for all eternity, and thus it is the one to which we should wish to belong. But the world at large has forgotten this, and so the general state of mankind gets worse and worse and worse. Presently evil seems to triumph everywhere, but it won’t be so forever. As the psalm tells us, the Lord will make the enemy His footstool and He will crush them (Psalm 110:1). God will not be mocked.
JESUS Christ is King of the whole created order, and being God He has complete rights over all of us and so we must humbly submit to Him. JESUS said, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me” (Matthew 28:18). Therefore anyone who has authority receives it from Him. Thus Our Lord told Pilate, “You would have no authority over Me if it were not given you from above” (John 19:11). For these reasons the Church teaches that the right to promulgate laws doesn’t come from the State itself, but from God. It is delegated authority. The modern idea that authority to govern comes from the people and that morality is decided by the latest pressure group is false. While God permits us to choose who will govern us, the actual authority to govern comes from God, and so those who govern must do so according to God’s laws. Those who are in a position of civil power and abuse it will have to answer to God for that. Those who promote abortion and euthanasia and all other kinds of immorality against the divine and natural law will be held accountable. To be in a position of real authority requires virtue and the acceptance of God’s revealed truth.
President Garcia Moreno was the ruler of Ecuador in the nineteenth century. Before he was elected, Ecuador had been ruled by freemasons. But over time he began to establish Christian principles in his country. To cut a long story short, he formed a little Christendom there. He personally attended Mass every day, spent time in front of the Blessed Sacrament, recited the Rosary and meditated each morning. Every year on Good Friday he would carry a life-size wooden cross during a penitential procession. He had his country consecrated by the bishops to the Sacred Heart of JESUS, and he made a special agreement with the Pope at the time, Blessed Pius IX, that Catholicism was the official religion of the state. He did many other things too, the result of which brought about the reign of prosperity and peace throughout the land.
Then after 12 years of peaceful rule, he was assassinated by a group of revolutionary freemasons as he left the Cathedral after attending Mass one morning in 1875. These men shot him 6 times and wounded him 14 times with their swords. The dying President was brought into the Cathedral and placed at the foot of a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows where he was given the Last Rites. He forgave all his attackers and assassins. His final words were, “Dios no muere”, “God doesn’t die”. These words show the great confidence he had in the eventual conquest and victory of Christ the King. And that victory is certain. Let us work for the reign of Christ the King and may our song be the words of the Laudes Regiae (The Royal Praises) “Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!” (Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands!).
Fr Paul Gillham, IC