Christ the King is a minor feast in the church’s calendar to be sure. We celebrate it this sunday. I would love to hear the homilies in wealthy parishes.What does this really mean Christ the King when the kingdom is upside down and associated with losers, the nonviolent, the mourners, the meek and the pure of heart not to mention the peacemakers of the Beatitudes?
This pre-Advent sunday really defines the whole Catholic Christian enterprise. Which Christ are we following?
It is a stark reminder of our ultimate allegiance. To whom do we really belong?
This once again came home to me in the recent American election when once gain Catholics failed the smell test…as they did in the Reagan years, giving this truly awful president 2 mandates. Catholics said with their vote: Christ the lover of the poor, the non violent regent of God is not rally Lord. America is. Wealth is . Power is. We are comfortable with the growing gap between rich and poor, the environment? What’s that got to do with Jesus? Yep Catholics sided with the basher of the poor Ronny Reagan and now RCs are on board with the Donald.
Trumps’s America like Reagan’s like a bloated military budget which in effect is a war on the poor and the common good; they seemingly do not mind millions of people with no health care. and as for the environment, the greatest moral issue of our time, we are with the polluters.”Believing man” as Dan Berrigan often said, “is political man.” Budgets are moral documents. Do we serve God or mammon? Is it Yahweh or Amway?
Where does a country and a president put his money? 3 billion a year to Israel and nada for sub-Sahara Africa?
To which Christ do we belong? Is the crucified one, our Lord? Christ the King sunday challenges to our core.
Dorothy Solle’s Credo is fitting today. This Christ is King.
I believe in God
who created the world not ready made
like a thing that must forever stay what it is
who does not govern according to eternal laws
that have perpetual validity
nor according to natural orders
of poor and rich,
experts and ignoramuses,
people who dominate and people subjected.
I believe in God who desires the counter-argument of the living
and the alteration of every condition
through our work
through our politics.
I believe in Jesus Christ
who was right when he
“as an individual who can’t do anything”
just like us
worked to alter every condition
and came to grief in so doing
Looking to him I discern
how our intelligence is crippled,
our imagination suffocates,
and our exertion is in vain
because we do not live as he did
Every day I am afraid
that he died for nothing
because he is buried in our churches,
because we have betrayed his revolution
in our obedience to and fear
of the authorities.
I believe in Jesus Christ
who is resurrected into our life
so that we shall be free
from prejudice and presumptuousness
from fear and hate
and push his revolution onward
and toward his reign
I believe in the Spirit
who came into the world with Jesus,
in the communion of all peoples
and our responsibility for what will become of our earth:
a valley of tears, hunger, and violence
or the city of God.
I believe in the just peace
that can be created,
in the possibility of meaningful life
for all humankind,
in the future of this world of God.