Sunday Homily with REV. FR. AMBROSE ONYEKA ANENE SDB
Today the mother Church wishes all her children Happy Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!
Today is the last Sunday of the Church year which means we focus on the final and glorious things to come.
By next Sunday we shall begin the First Sunday of Advent.
A reading from the second Book of Samuel (2 Samuel 5 : 1-3)
When God called David to become the king of Israel, only the Southern tribes of Israel recognised David as their king while the Northern tribes did not. So David was already anointed the king of Judah by his own people at Hebron. In today’s first reading we hear how the northern tribes also recognised him as their king and begged him to rule over them. Thus David was made the king of the United country. His kingship is a prefiguration of the universal kingship of Christ.
David’s kingdom, great and powerful symbolises the kingdom of peace and justice that God would one day establish on earth.
Gospel (Word of the Lord).
ALLELUIA Mark 11:9b.10a
Alleluia. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 23:35-43)
At that time: The rulers scoffed at Jesus, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He is the Christ of God, His Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up and offering Him vinegar, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” There was also an inscription over Him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
Why all this mocking, inscription and name calling? Was Jesus really a king? What do we understand when we say that Jesus is a king? When we say Jesus is a king, we mean a few things.
First, He is of the universe because just as we read from the second reading of today, “He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities — all things were created through Him and for Him.”
He is a king because whatever exists both in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible originated from Him. He is “Alpha and Omega ” beginning of everything and end of everything.” He is the sole determinant of what should exist and what should not. His kingship is eternal because it has no beginning and no end.
Second, He is a humble king who leads by example. When He was mocked by the soldiers and the Jewish leaders, He could have shown His power by ending their lives. He has power to give and take life, but He never manifested His power and kingship by destroying them even when He could do that.
Third, Jesus is a Shepherd who desires to lead us personally as a loving father would. He entered our lives as a human being just to guide us to the father. His kingship is to lead us to the father and take care of our souls.
As Jesus wants to enter our lives, the difficulty is that some rejects Him just as we see in today’s gospel. He wants to enter our lives personally, intimately and carefully, never imposing Himself but always offering Himself as our guide.
As King, Jesus desires to lead every aspect of our lives and lead us in all things. He desires to become the absolute ruler and monarch of our souls. He does this only for one purpose – to lead us into everlasting joy.
Reflect, today, upon your own embrace of Christ as King. Does He truly govern your life in every way? Do you allow Him to have complete control over your life? When this is done freely and completely, the Kingdom of God is established in your life. Let Him reign so that you can be converted and, through you, others can come to know Him as Lord of all!
Most solemn Lord, You are the sovereign King of the Universe. You are the Lord of all. Come reign in my life and make my soul Your holy dwelling place. Lord, come transform our world and make it a place of true peace and justice. May Your Kingdom come! Jesus, I trust in You.
May Almighty God bless us and protect us from all evil through Christ our Lord Amen.
Have a wonderful and blessed day.
*REV. FR. DR. AMBROSE ANENE SDB is Parish Priest, Church of the Archangels, Gaduwa Estate, Abuja Archdiocese