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This Sunday the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King, honoring Jesus not just as Savior or the Son of God but as King of the universe. St. Paul tells us, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” Every living creature is subject to the King whether or not the creature acknowledges that truth. Even Satan is subject to the King! 

Pope Pius XI instituted the feast in 1925 with his encyclical, Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King). In it, he pointed out the correlation between global chaos and societal decline and the failure of world leaders to acknowledge Christ as King. 

“These manifold evils in the world were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics: and we said further, that as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations,” he wrote. 

He went on to remind the Faithful that “it would be a most grave error to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs, since, by virtue of the absolute empire over all creatures committed to him by the Father, all things are in his power.”

And in an earlier writing, he stated, “With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation.”

Does this not sound like our current state of affairs? 

We have lost sight of our King and no longer give him the reverence and obedience he deserves. For as long as we fail to do that, society will continue to fail. But to turn things around we must first begin with ourselves, crowning Christ as our King and honoring him with love, respect, reverence, and obedience. Once we have sincerely claimed him as our King we can lead others to do the same. 

From now until the Feast of Christ the King, I encourage you to ask yourself, “Who is my king?’ Then on the celebration of his Kingship, crown Christ as your King and pledge your fidelity and obedience to him. 

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