A King with a difference!
A King with a difference!
Ez 34: 11-12, 15-17; 1 Cor 15: 20-26, 28; Mt 25: 31-46
Christ the King Sunday marks the beginning of the last week of the Liturgical year and thus it serves as a fitting culmination of the year, a climax to end the year with. The one whose birth, life, death and resurrection that we remembered and celebrated all through this liturgical year, is our King.
We celebrate our King today, our King who is madly in love with us, our King who had given up everything for the sake of the love that he had for us, our King who even today is ready to give up on anything, all just for the love that he has for us. Our King, definitely, is different from the rest of the kings we can think or see around. To be served, to have authority over all, to rule over all and to hoard as much as possible for oneself: these are what being a king would mean today. We are a privileged lot because we have a King who is a contrast to all these !
The King we have is a Shepherd King: he comes in search of us, strains himself for our good, provides for our needs, binds our wounds, leads us, directs us, feeds us, nourishes us, defends us and does everything necessary for our peaceful and happy life. None of us can ever deny the fact that we have the protecting and providing hand of God hovering over us, because without that we would find our life tough and sometimes even terrible.
The King we have is a Servant King: it is strange that our king, kind of depends on us. All that he is concerned about is so much to rule us as to serve us. He wishes that we feed him, clothe him, console him… he says he depends on us! What sort of a king is he who depends on his subjects, a king who wants his subjects to give him to eat, who identifies himself with his subjects who are in want and in dire need. What sort of a king is he who feels sad when his subjects are sad, feels abandoned when his subjects are left to suffer alone, feels neglected when his subjects are left without no one to care for. Truly he is a servant king, who desires that we play his role, take his side and be his ambassadors when there are our brothers and sisters who are in hunger, in need, in dire want, in loneliness, in suffering!
The King we have is a Sovereign King: every knee shall bow and every tongue confess the he is King and he is Lord! The dependence that we see is not a sign of weakness, it is the very nature of our King and Lord who is a relational Being; God who is a community, God who is three persons, in relationship with each other, and defines what right relationships should be like. He orders the movements of the planets and the heavenly bodies but gives each of his sons and daughters, a divine freedom that fills them with respect and dignity. We are given a royal identity, that we belong to the Sovereign king.
We have a King who is all powerful, governs every aspect of this universe, but when it comes to his love for us, he loves us so tenderly that he look so weak like a servant, so humble like a shepherd and yet none can deny that Sovereign that he is!
– Antony Christy SDB (Salesians of Don Bosco)