1991 Nov 24 – Christ the King (Bulletin Letters)
Cycle B – CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
Jn 18, 33b-37
“THE REASON I WAS BORN, THE REASON WHY I CAME INTO THE WORLD, IS TO TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH.” JOHN 18/37
Once again we are at the end of the Church year, and we are celebrating Christ the King Sunday. In what way, though, can we say Jesus is a King? He commanded no armies: held no political office. If His Kingdom did not belong to this world, what world did it belong to?
The New Testament gives us two ways to look at Jesus’ Kingship. On the one hand, Jesus is the “eschatological” king, the ultimate ruler and judge, exercising his rule in the end times. On the other hand, Jesus’ kingdom is active here and now, but in a hidden manner – not of this world, but in it. A different kind of “kingdom”, it confronts and judges the kingdoms of our world.
This week’s Gospel is taken from the trial scene in John. Much is at stake. Jesus is before Pilate. His life on the line. The charge is high treason. The evidence: Jesus’ claim to a kingship and authority beyond Rome and Jeruselum. Pilate asks, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus’s replies, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If it were,” Jesus says, “things would be different.” “So, then, you are a king?” Pilate concludes.
Pilate’s kingship concerns are of little importance to Jesus. The reason Jesus was born, the reason he came into this world is “to testify to the truth”. It is this siding with the truth that reveals Jesus’ true allegiance to God’s hidden kingdom. It gets Jesus into trouble.
“And what is truth?” Pilate asks (vs.38). Jesus’ truth is love – God’s love. It is a truth that uses no force or violence to make its claim. It stands with the down and out, the misused and abused. It demands justice. Mercy is its greatest weapon.
“And what is this truth?” Pilate asks? Jesus is this truth. He is the clearest and most profound expression of God’s love the world has ever known. When we side with Jesus, and claim His truth, we, too, are the clearest and most profound expression of God’s love in the world.
When we stand with Jesus in the here and now, we are supposed to continue the work
of God’s hidden kingdom, confronting and judging the kingships of our world. Being a
follower of Jesus, claiming his kingship should put us at odds with with kingdoms of
this world. If it doesn’t, maybe there is something wrong with the way we are
claiming our allegiance to Jesus?
WELCOME BISHOP BULLOCK
AND CONGRATULATIONS TO
THOSE BEING CONFIRMED!