34th Ordinary Sunday of the Year
2 Samuel 5:1-3; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43
Dear friends in Christ Jesus, in 1925 the Church gave Christ as a king who is, with the quality of servant and we are celebrating it, as feast of Christ the king. The gospel of Luke 17:21 tell us that "the kingdom of God is among you. It means that Jesus lives within and among us now. He is not the king who lives in the palace separated from the people, but who lives in the hearts of the people. Today he is inviting every one of us live in the hearts of others; in other words, by serving others take a place in the heart of others.
The bible mentions in many places, Jesus Christ is the king of heaven and earth. Yes of course, Christ is the king. From the annunciation of his birth to his death on this earth, he was proclaimed or considered as a king.
The kingdom of Christ is not to be compared with the kingdoms of the earth. His kingdom is of love, service and self sacrifices. At the Last Supper, when he washed the feet of his disciples, he made it clear that the heavenly king exerts his authority by serving those who belong to his kingdom. The next day, he took a crown of thorns instead of a crown of gold, because the glory of his kingship is not represented by earthly treasures but by riches that are given to others, the personal sacrifices that are motivated by love, even for those who don't deserve it.
The angel Gabriel announced Virgin Mary; the child will rule the earth and receive the thrown of David (Lk 1: 32).The wise men asked, where is the child who has been born as a king of the Jews? (Mt 2:2). St. Peter declared Jesus as a king by saying, you are the Messiah, Son of the living God (Mt16:16). Pilate proclaims Jesus as a king of Jews by asking, “Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews? (Jn18:39). At last he received the title written as a “king of Jews”, on his throne, throne of cross. Jesus as a king received a throne but not able to sit rather hanging between heaven and earth. He received crown but not of gold but of thorns. As the kings of the earth, he had soldiers around him but they pierced him. As of any other kings he had authority, but his authority was not to condemn but to forgive.
Earthly kings wear expensive rings as a sign of authority, but heavenly king has only the marks of crucifixion or marks of sacrifice as a sign of authority. After his resurrection, although he had been healed from the destruction of death, his five crucifixion wounds were not healed. Still He bears those wounds as a continual reminder that he is with us to accept us with all our limitations.
He is our king, model for our life, different from all other kings of this earth. He came to give new life to all by sacrificing his life. We are also called today to follow his foot steps. Are we able to hear the voice of the lord crying on the cross for every one of us? Let us repent for our sins and go back to him. Let us try to live a life that pleasing to him and assist us to take a place in the heart of Jesus. May the reign of God, rule our hearts. Amen