THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
CHRIST THE KING
November 24, 2019
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the
Universe, formerly known as “Christ the King.”
It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote
to secularism, which centers on man and leaves God out of
the picture. The feast proclaims Christ’s royalty over
individuals, families, society, governments and nations.
secularism and modernism are once again upon us, and these
have infested even the Church. For Christians today, God seems
to still be there, but the greater focus is on man. Christians
today look to the well-being of man rather than to the holiness
of God. Thus, especially in the Western world, the focus is
not so much on sexual morality and purity, on righteousness
and holiness, on salvation and heaven, but on social justice
issues, such as immigration, climate change, acceptance of
LGBTs, and the plight of indigenous peoples.
need to get back to basics, without neglecting the work of
bringing glad tidings to the poor. What are the basics?
First, God reconciles us to Himself through the suffering
and death of His Son Jesus. Jesus is our Redeemer. God “delivered
us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom
of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness
of sins.” (Col 1:13-14). Salvation is only in Jesus.
peace and unity in the world can only come through Jesus.
These do not come through the United Nations, or by way of
interreligious dialogue, or by eliminating poverty. All these
works are important, but at the end of the day, it is only
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who can bring about peace, that
is, shalom. Jesus accomplished this through the cross. “For
in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through
him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood
of his cross” (Col 1:19-20a).
the cross is central to Christian life. The world today only
looks to making life pleasant for everyoneto eliminate
poverty, to make the air cleaner to breathe, to accept everyone
even those in irregular situations, to allow people to just
freely cross borders to live wherever they want, to be provided
free healthcare and education, and so on. Even in Jesus’
time, the Jews rejected him because he was not the Messiah
they expected. At the crucifixion, “the people stood
by and watched; the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and
said, ‘He saved others, let him save himself if he is
the chosen one, the Messiah of God.’” (Lk 23:35).
They were only looking to their own well-being, and missed
the very essence of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Jesus points us to the centrality of the cross in Christian
life. We are in this world not to enjoy ourselves (that can
happen too) but to travel as pilgrims and make it to heaven.
At the crucifixion, the soldiers jeered at him and called
on him to save himself (Lk 23:36-37). One of the criminals
hanging with him also reviled him and told him to save himself
and them (Lk 23:39). The focus of man is only on liberating
themselvesfrom poverty, crime, war, and so on. And if
God will not do it for them, then they reject God. Only the
other criminal understood what Jesus was about, and was justly
rewarded. “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with
me in Paradise.” (Lk 23:43). Heaven is not in this life,
in an earthly utopia as proclaimed by socialists, but only
with God in the life that is to come.
Jesus is the Davidic King, the Messiah, the Redeemer. Just
as with Israel, so too with the Christian people today. “And
the Lord said to you: You shall shepherd my people Israel;
you shall be ruler over Israel.” (2 Sm 5:2b). Christ
is the King. He rules over the new Israel. He rules over us
all. Let us rejoice as we say, “Let us go to the house
of the Lord.” (Ps 122:1b).
in MFC are founded on the Rock that is Christ. Let us never
forget the basics of our Christian faith. Only in Jesus is
there salvation, and salvation comes through the cross. Let
us faithfully live out our covenant, as we look to Christ
the King. “Then all the elders of Israel came to the
king in Hebron, and at Hebron King David made a covenant with
them in the presence of the Lord; and they anointed David
king over Israel.” (2 Sm 5:3).
is our King and we have a covenant with him. Let us live out
the reality of being truly “of Christ” and continue
to be founded on Rock.