Posted by: fvbcdm | November 21, 2011

Feast of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (21 Nov 2011)

 This past Sunday was the last Sunday of our church year and therefore was celebrated as the solemnity of Christ the King. It is an interesting feast and a very recent one, for it was established by Pope Pius XI who was the supreme pontiff when I was born. He decreed that the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar, that is, the Sunday just before Advent would henceforth be celebrated as the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ as universal King.

We read in an excellent work called The Church’s Year of Grace these words concerning this feast: “The purpose of the feast is to renew in the minds and hearts of the faithful the ancient concept of Christ as Divine King who, enthroned at the right hand of the Father, will return at the end of time in might and majesty.” This concept of Our Divine Lord and King as the “Omega point” toward whom all history is flowing as a river flows into the sea is a powerful and beautiful one. It reflects the biblical words in the Book of Revelation: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God; the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and so the term “Omega point” means the culmination of that great development of salvation history. Our God in all three of the divine persons has existed forever, exists and reigns now, and will continue on forever. Now, a well-regulated kingdom is one in which the will of the king is carried out fully; there is none of the disorder of crime or neglect the law that we always find in human kingdoms because of sin. As long as time goes on, some human beings will offend God. But then the moment will come when time will end, and after that, there will be no more disobedience to God on earth and in heaven. Only in hell will there be hatred of God, and God will allow those who are there, if any, to do as they wish. Those in heaven will do as God wishes, which means human peace and total happiness.

Let us listen to the preface for the Mass of Christ the King which we heard yesterday. It is a marvel of liturgy: Father, all powerful and ever living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. You anointed Jesus Christ, your only Son, with the oil of gladness as the eternal priest and universal king. As priest he offered his life on the altar of the cross and redeemed the human race by this one perfect sacrifice of peace. As king he claims dominion over all creation that he present to you, his almighty Father, an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.

Christ is our King; his rule is one of love; we are his subjects if we will obey his rule as we should, we will learn to love, and love of our God and our neighbor will make us eternally happy. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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