THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PROCLAIMING JESUS AS KING
November 25, 2012
Solemnity of Christ the King
Pilate told Jesus: “Your own nation and the chief priests
handed you over to me.” (Jn 18:35b). Israel, the chosen
people of God, rejected Jesus. Today this is what is happening
in the world and in the Church.
The daughters of the Church (Spain, Ireland, France, Italy),
the European nations that brought the gospel to the world,
have grown cold in faith, and in fact are strongly anti-Christian.
Protestant churches have accepted divorce, abortion, same-sex
marriage, in contradiction with the authentic teachings
of Jesus and commandments of God.
Catholic bishops, clerics and religious have partnered with
the most pro-abortion American President to suppress religious
Catholic laity are agreeing with government officials who
are promoting the culture of death.
is now an all-out assault by the worldly powers-that-be
to weaken or try to destroy the Catholic Church, the very
body of Christ on earth.
Pilate was perplexed and asked Jesus, “What have you
done?” (Jn 18:35c). Like Pilate, many today are ignorant
of what Jesus has really done, who he really is, how important
he is to our very lives. Jesus, of course, is Savior and Lord.
He won for us our salvation. He “freed us from our sins
by his blood” (Rev 1:5c). We now belong to him. He is
our Master and Lord.
Pilate, many do not know of his kingship and dominion in the
world. They might ask with incredulity, “Then you are
a king?” (Jn 18:37a). Yes, indeed, Jesus is King. In
fact, he is “ruler of the kings of the earth.”
(Rev 1:5b). He is King of kings. Jesus “received dominion,
glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language
serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall
not be taken away” (Dn 7:14a-b).
then do the nations and powers of the world persist in trying
to dethrone Jesus, in taking away his rightful dominion, in
ignoring or removing or destroying his kingship, in relegating
him to a place of irrelevance in the lives of people?
This now is the importance of the work of the New Evangelization.
We need to proclaim Jesus as Savior, Lord and King. “The
Lord is king, robed with majesty” (Ps 93:1a).
need to proclaim how awesome is the Lord. The Lord is Creator,
and the world that He created “will surely stand in
place, never to be moved.” (Ps 93:1:c). The Lord is
almighty and powerful God, “more powerful than the roar
of many waters, more powerful than the breakers of the sea,
powerful in the heavens is the Lord.” (Ps 93:4). The
Lord rules over chaos and rebellion, as represented by the
primordial sea (Ps 93:3).
The day will come when King Jesus will return in glory. He
will be the “son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven”
(Dn 7:13b). Jesus will be “coming amid the clouds, and
every eye will see him” (Rev 1:7a). Then the world will
see that his “decrees are firmly established”
(Ps 93:5a), that “his kingship shall not be destroyed”
(Dn 7:14c), and that “to him be glory and power forever
and ever.” (Rev 1:6b).
the meantime, we have our work to do. We evangelize. We proclaim
the truth of who Jesus is and what he has done for us all.
When Pilate asked Jesus if he was the King of the Jews, Jesus
answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others
told you about me?” (Jn 18:34). Many people including
so-called Christians are not acknowledging Jesus as Savior,
Lord and King just on their own. They need people like us
to tell them about him.
us do just that.