Newsletter for Sunday 24 November 2019

27 Nov

Christ is King and Lord of All

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. This is not just some sentimental feast for Catholics and neither is Catholicism just one religion among many who happens to have this man “Christ” as its head. Christ is King of the whole universe, the whole cosmos, both in the supernatural and in the natural order because He is God. And as such He is King and Lord of all and therefore has rights over all.

Now it’s true that throughout recent centuries, in what was once Christendom, revolutionaries have removed Christ from His rightful Throne. Those determined to establish the New World Order have decided to build their kingdoms without Christ. Today, politics wants nothing to do with God. They refuse to enthrone Christ and so they reject His Bride which is the Catholic Church. They seek to tear Him out of society for good. Although some politicians may express religious belief in private, essentially we are atheistic. They define what is right and wrong and then try and impose it on us. But civil society must acknowledge God and obey Him, because it is in God’s plan to bring the whole of humanity to Himself. This is why Christ came, so that we could be brought back to God through His Mystical Body which is the Catholic Church. And societies must acknowledge this and Christ’s Kingship. By doing so, our supernatural end (Heaven) is acknowledged.

God also wills that Church and State, though they be distinct, are never to be divorced, but rather that they should collaborate to bring about Christ’s reign on earth. This would be where the Ten Commandments, the Gospel and the natural law become the foundational guide of society and for legislators who write the moral law. But what we see in society today are the fruits of one that is now totally divorced from God, and we all suffer as a result with anti-Christian laws being passed which ultimately bring only misery.

Our task is to convert the world to Christ. That is the mission Our Lord gave to His Church. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:18-20). This is certainly very daunting, but with God all things are possible. After all, Christians converted pagan Rome in the past, so why not now? Therefore, let us begin with ourselves and by trying to rebuild a truly Catholic culture in our homes and families, and then this will flow out into society. Long live Christ the King!

Fr Paul Gillham, IC

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