Hail to Jesus Christ, The King!

In his homily today, Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, delivered a beautiful reflection:

“Jesus is my King, the King of obedient love. We allow Jesus to reign in our hearts, we welcome Him in our lives, because He died for us. This is my King, hanging on the Cross. He died on the Cross. He died out of love, unselfishly, to the end. He did not get anything for Himself. He gave everything, even His life. Can you ask for more? But He died, not because He wanted to, but because the Father asked Him to die. He died because He obeyed. 

This is my King: the King of obedient love. He was willing to give everything, even His heart did not belong to Him, it belonged to His Father. Not only the act of dying but even the reason why I should die, did not even come from Him, but from the Father. Even the very motivation of dying was something that the Father asked from Him. So unselfish, genuine love. That’s why He will say, greater love than thisno man has, that He lays down His life for His friends. Not only because He laid down His life, but because He laid it down, out of obedience to His Father. That makes Him King.”

Today, the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. In the Gospel (Jn. 18: 33b-37), St. John brings us to the dialogue between Pilate and Jesus. Caiaphas and the high priests have charged Jesus with a political crime, one that if proven guilty would get a punishment of death. 

So Pilate said to him, Then you are a king? Jesus answered, You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

People whose faith are deep believe in the truth that Jesus Christ is King and Savior. His might and power is hidden from many especially during His time. Only those chosen and have the eyes of faith were and are able to see this truth. As followers of Christ, we are not perfect though as we also struggle at times to recognize Jesus as King whenever we sin and fail Him. 

I remembered in one of the homilies about the dual nature of the Kingdom of God: 1) Something yet to come (eschatological), and 2) “Now”, “already but not yet”. 

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.” (Rv. 1: 5-8)

It is deep and thought-provoking but for me it isn’t a mystery that needs to be solved, but to be believed.

In his book, “Kim.2”, Fr. Armand mentioned that in our search for happiness, the question is not “Are you a happy person?”, but “Are your people happy with you?” The search for happiness and meaning is not really about how we become fulfilled but in our ability to make other people feel about what might be possible when one lives a life of faith in the Lord. 

When we become men and women for others, we make the Kingdom of God felt in the present. We have to make others experience God’s love that in doing so, we bring to others God’s Kingdom in the now.

Let us pray that the Lord grant us the ability to increase our faith, that we proclaim more strongly with the life we live that Jesus through His Crucifixion and Death, is indeed the King of the Universe. 

The LORD is King; He is robed in majesty.’ (Ps. 93: 1a)

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