In our Catholic Church, is Jesus really king?

How does society understand kingship?

Today we celebrate the solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, our King. Jesus, my dear friends, came not to be served but to serve.

Many years ago, an American soldier on a bus in Sweden, told the man sitting next to him, “America is the most democratic country in the world. Ordinary Citizens may go to the White House to see the president and discuss anything with him.” The man said, “That’s nothing. In Sweden, the king and the people travel on the same bus.” When the man got off the bus, the American was told by other passengers that he had been sitting next to King Gustav Adolf the 6th.

Our society understands kingship to be about power, about majesty, glory, domination, manipulation and prestige. This is so different from how Jesus understood his kingship. It is my understanding that Jesus understood his kingdom as a way to serve others. He does not come to destroy us, manipulate us, or use violence to attract us to his kingdom. The kingdom that Jesus offers us is a kingdom where there is a place for every one of us, where respect for each single person exists.

We declare where our loyalties lie by the way we live. Christ tells us to stand firmly in the service of our neighbor, with forgiveness, love and solidarity towards all people who need it.

How is your loyalty or your attention to each member in your family, your wife, husband, children, parents, grandparents, and also to our Catholic Church? Is Christ King and Lord in the Catholic Church? Is our Church a sign or example to serve others with love, care and compassion?

I think, my dear friends, the feast of Christ the King provides an excellent opportunity to review the quality of our Christian commitment. Remember, my friends, you are a good person only in the way that you are a good Christian.

What effort have we been making to allow Christ’s kingdom to come alive in our hearts, our family and in our community?