Thy Kingdom Come! – Feast of Christ the King

The lessons for the feast of Christ the King invite us to take a deeper look at Christ the King of the Universe and of all hearts. The lesson appointed for the day is a Christological one, Colossians 1. St. Paul speaks of Christ as the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation, everything was created by him and for him.

12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

And the Gospel vividly portrays Jesus Christ the King. If Pilot only had followed the King and seen the truth, salvation would have been his!

33Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
34Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
37Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. (Jn 18 33-37)

And Jesus in sermon on the mount wanted his followers to have the right attitude of belonging to the kingdom of Heaven and the necessity of receiving it like a child : What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who will not receive God’s kingdom like a little child will never enter it.(Mk 10:15)”
His sermon on the mount is a set of “Be-attitudes”- the tone of mind that ought to be, the attitude that influences the action of the citizenry of His kingdom.
The citizens are poor in spirit, pure in heart, meek, merciful. They thirst for righteousness, will be persecuted for righteousness’ sake, subject to insult for His name’s sake and their mourning will be comforted,
They are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
The test of the follower of Christ is not action but is determined in attitude: One does not have to commit murder. It is enough that one entertains anger in heart for him for it to be in sin. There is no killing but even the thought itself tantamounts to that. In His Kingdom, life is precious at all levels and at all ages from conception until natural death. For God, is the author of life and no one has any right unto one’s own or another’s life.
One does not have to commit an adulterous act. It is enough that one entertains a lustful thought. There is no divorce except in matters of infidelity and the marriage is between a man and woman— the twain shall be one.
One does not have to swear on God, simply enough to swear on anything—instead say Yes or No.
There is no revenge, only forgiveness. If the enemy asks for outer garment give him the inner one as well, if asked to walk, walk an extra mile.
Give to the needy not to gain name, but do it in discretion. Prayers should not be said ostentatiously but in secret as prayer is addressed to God.
The kingdom’s people must store treasures in heaven and cannot be loyal to two masters: they are not unduly worried, but trust in Divine Providence. They are as gentle as doves and wise as serpents. They are in the world and not of the world. They are astute people for His kingdom.
And when being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answering them and said: The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say: Behold here or behold there. For lo, the kingdom of God is within you (Lk 17:20-21) And He taught His followers to pray: Thy Kingdom Come!
It is required of every citizen of the Kingdom of God, to keep the faith alive until He comes. Yes while we are in this world, we need to remind ourselves constantly that we are not of this world, we belong to Him, Him alone!