I thought you might like to see the text of my homily from yesterday’s Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on the Feast of Christ the King.
Here is an excerpt:
The Bible today sure drives home the point: Christ is our King; the king of our hearts, the king of the nations, the king of history. The Old Testament foretells the coming of a son of David who will rule over the house of David forever. We believe that’s Jesus. In our gospel, Jesus Himself speaks of the Son of Man sitting upon His glorious throne. The Book of Revelation gives us an image of the heavenly court.
So, the acknowledgement that Jesus Chris is our king is as old as the Bible. But this feast of Christ the King is rather new, only established by Pope Pius XI in 1925. We Americans remember that period as the “Roaring Twenties” – a time of peace and prosperity after the turmoil of World War I. But there were ominous threats emerging from the rubble of war. In Russia, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 had brought to power an atheistic totalitarian ideology. In Mexico, the 1920’s were a time of fierce anti-religious persecution. And on the pope’s doorstep in Italy, fascism was on the rise, with a leader who styled himself Il Duce. One notes that Il Duce is Italian for Fürher – a word that would soon cause the word to shudder. In the midst of all this, Pope Pius XI declared this solemn feast of Christ the King.
Click here to read my whole homily.
An audio clip of the homily is now online here.