Newsletter for Sunday 22 November 2015

20 Nov

CHRIST THE KING

This weekend, in every corner of the world, Catholics will be celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King.  They will do so in song, with solemnity and, in some cases, with the sound of trumpet fanfares. In some Latin American countries they will have the crowning of a statue of Jesus followed by a triumphant procession.

Each year, here in England and Wales, the Solemnity of Christ the King is combined with the celebration of Youth Sunday. It is a weekend dedicated to welcoming, involving and empowering young Catholics.

How can we reconcile these two great celebrations:  Christ the King on the one hand and Youth Sunday on the other?  The Cafod FLAME 2 video for Christ the King provided me with a resolution to my dilemma. The answer lies in its subtitle:  “Then I’ve got a challenge … love your neighbour”.  Watch it!  I strongly recommend it to you.

We love our neighbour from the starting point of loving God.  And we love God by worshipping Him, adoring Him, reverencing Him, kneeling before Him, genuflecting before Him, letting go of our perceived needs,  acclaiming Him as Lord and Saviour … Let’s do that as we behold him hanging on the cross, dying for our salvation, drops of blood staining the ground and falling upon Mary.

In this way we will begin to understand the true nature of Jesus’ Kingship:  he offered his life in atonement for our sins; he offered his life for us!  And that figure you see before you has above its head the inscription:  Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum‘ meaning ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’ which Pontius Pilate ordered to be nailed there.  That’s our King, who loved us unconditionally and totally!

Fr Philip Sainter

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