Feast of Christ the King – Year B – November 22nd 2015
‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Pilate asked. Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others spoken to you about me?’ Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?’ Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. But my kingdom is not of this kind.’ ‘So you are a king then? said Pilate. ‘It is you who say it,’ answered Jesus. ‘Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.
A big thing in life is where you are from. We say ‘your accent betrays you’. Sometimes we judge totally on where people are from. Pilate was the same with Jesus. With all he knew of him and heard, the miracles and the speeches – where are you from? Are you a king really? What sort is your kingdom?
Pilate was intrigued always with Jesus and so are we.
Our Christian life is getting to know Jesus more, and taking part in his mission. The type of person he was. That he came from God and from humanity. He speaks of the best of God and the best of us, the best of heaven and the best of earth. He is worth our following.
There is the ‘from above’ in Jesus and much of John’s gospel stresses the divinity of Christ. He doesn’t look very divine but he does look very human. In the human is the divine. So we could be like him. We become like him by reading about his life and living like he did.
King is a strange feast….he never wanted it. But he didn’t want a lot that happened to him. He took it on out of love. What sort of king do we meet?
One of truth, justice, compassion and love. The defender of the poor. The King who prays.
A good ending of one church year to begin another. King and servant. We’ll see more of what it’s all like in the weeks of December. Meantime we want to live in this reign of God and pray and live – your kingdom come.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger