The good fight of faith goes on. It’s not one that’s simple but one that is of cosmic proportions. And yet while we can say this is one that is generally looked at as one between good and evil, there is no limitation on what the enemy does just to win souls over to the dark side. Despair, hopelessness and worries are among the openings that the enemy look at as opportunities to win people over. That’s why we have to be mindful of how we react to these threats of faith.
Just today, the sister of a colleague underwent surgery for an ailment that happened so fast she had to be rushed to the hospital. Yesterday, her brother and I were talking about how irritants and minor disruptions seem to be manifesting more around us as of late. We agreed that we have to be more prayerful and look at these as moments to increase our faith and trust more in the God that is the Ruler of the Universe.
While these events are happening, time is just zooming by and today is already the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, and the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Isn’t it awesome and timely given the “threats” happening lately? I can’t help it but rejoice as it overshadows the sense of sadness over what’s happening lately among people close to us and their loved ones. We are joyful that the Lord is reassuring us again and again that for as long as we see Him with the eyes of faith, we’ll be alright.
Casting these distractions aside, it is important to take time to reflect on this title given to Jesus Christ, The “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.”
If you’ve noticed, truth is the recurring theme being emphasized in St. John’s Gospel as we focus on the conclusion of the dialogue between Jesus and Pilate. People whose faith is deep, believe in the truth that Jesus Christ is King and Savior. His might and power is hidden from many, especially on those who existed during His time on earth. Only those chosen and those who have the eyes of faith are able to see this truth. As followers of Jesus, we are not perfect though as we also struggle at times to recognize Jesus as King whenever we sin and fail Him.
At the start of the school year during the coating ceremonies of my daughter before she entered Medical Clerkship, the Dean of the School said that they are “doctors but not yet”. I remembered this because in today’s Mass, the Celebrant mentioned about the dual nature of the Kingdom of God: 1) Something yet to come (eschatological), and 2) “Now”. “Already but not yet”. It’s deep and thought-provoking but for me it isn’t a mystery that needs to be solved, only to be believed and lived.
“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)
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. Our ability to live the Kingdom of God in the present will be shown in how we become men and women for others. We have to make others experience God’s love so that in doing so, we bring to others the God’s Kingdom in the now.
Let us pray that the Lord grant us the ability to increase some more 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)