A stable, good government is a blessing; people feel secure, happy and satisfied. Therefore, we wish and try to elect the best person to head the government, who would meet all our expectations. We want prosperity, peace, justice and many, many other things. Is there such a person who can satisfy the aspirations of every individual?
Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. With the celebration of the feast of Christ the King, the liturgical year draws to a close on a triumphant note. Then the new Liturgical Year begins with the 1st Sunday of Advent. On this feast of Christ the King, the liturgy provides two apocalyptic readings: the first reading from the book of Daniel, 7:13-14, and the second reading from the book of Revelation 1:5-8.
Apocalypse means revelation, uncovering or revealing of something. Often the subject matter of Apocalyptic writings are the acute awareness of the power of sin and of a sinful world, catastrophic and cosmic war, and a final conflict between the powers of God and evil in which God wins. These revelations are brought out through dreams, visions, and angelic beings or by interpreting historical events etc. The two readings today present the final triumph and glory.
In his vision, Daniel sees “one like the Son of Man” coming from the heavens. The “Son of Man” is attributed to Jesus. Jesus gave witness to God by his life and his death; he is the first born from the dead through his resurrection. What that means to us and how does that affect us? His incarnation, death and resurrection are his redemptive works. It manifests his love for us; he frees us from sin and makes us a kingdom of priests sharing in his service to the Father. He is the beginning and the end, the one who exists for all eternity, the all powerful one. He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
The gospel, John 18:33-37, is an affirmation of the above facts. Jesus’ kingship differed from all those that preceded him as well as those that would be later established. In his own words, we hear in the gospel “my kingdom does not belong to this world.” That does not mean Jesus and his followers have no role to play in human affairs, in the struggle for truth, justice and peace. Rather this claim distinguishes Jesus’ reign from the various forms of power that characterize many earthly institutions. Domination, violence, and economic exploitation are not necessary in the kingdom that emanates from the person of Jesus because his power is not based on those systems. In his kingdom, we experience truth and life, holiness and grace, love, justice and peace. He never led an army, but he nevertheless fought an all-out war against sin and death and won a victory that continues to be shared by grateful sinners. His is a kingdom of truth and justice, righteousness and peace. His is an everlasting reign that makes these ideals a daily and attainable reality. His is the kingdom, the power and the glory now and forever. This is the cause of today’s celebration; this is the reason for our joy. Hail Christ the King.