November 26, 2017
Christ the King
Christ the King is a title of Jesus Christ. It refers to the concept of the Kingdom of God where the Christ is imagined as seated at the Right Hand of God. The Feast of Christ the King was instituted by Pius XI in 1925. It is celebrated by some Protestant denominations on the Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent.
According to Cyril of Alexandria, "Christ has dominion over all creatures, ...by essence and by nature." His kingship is founded upon the hypostatic union." ...(T)he Word of God, as consubstantial with the Father, has all things in common with him, and therefore has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion over all things created."
"From this it follows that to Christ angels and men are subject. Christ is also King by acquired, as well as by natural right, for he is our Redeemer. ..."We are no longer our own property, for Christ has purchased us "with a great price"; our very bodies are the "members of Christ." A third ground of sovereignty is that God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as His special possession and dominion. "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me." (Matthew 28:18).
The feast has an eschatological dimension pointing to the end of the time when the kingdom of Jesus will be established in all its fullness to the ends of the earth. It also leads into Advent, when the Church commemorates the arrival of the newborn King.
Father Jenesh Joseph