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Solemnity of Christ the King

November 25, 2012

A DIFFICULT FEAST

Christ the King. This solemnity has always been a strange feast for me – not simply because the idea of a King is for me, a foreign idea, but because we have attributed a title to Christ that he never gave himself.

Yet I believe this solemnity is profoundly important for us today because the magnanimity of the title carries with it an uncomfortable absoluteness. At the heart of our readings is a truth-claim: Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah. To know the truth is to know Jesus as the Christ.

But facts are facts: I believe something because I believe it to be right and all else to be wrong, or at best incomplete. And as uncomfortable as this is, I believe this is precisely what Pilate struggles with in our readings today: Just who is this Jesus? The king of the Jews? The Messiah? Just a carpenter? Each answer carries with it serious implications.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Solemnity of Christ the King: (Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93; Revelations 1:5-8; John 18:33-37)

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