Nov 21, 2021: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (B)

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The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life that leaves God out of man’s thinking and living. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ’s royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations. At this point in history, this affirmation of the primacy of Christ was in stark contrast with the rise of nationalism and fascism.

Originally celebrated on the last Sunday of October, it was transferred after Vatican Council II to the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, the Sunday before Advent.

“God did not intend Israel to have a kingdom. The kingdom was a result of Israel’s rebellion against God…. The law was to be Israel’s king, and, through the law, God himself…. God yielded to Israel’s obstinacy and so devised a new kind of kingship for them. The King is Jesus; in him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself. This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to mankind. God does not have a fixed plan that he must carry out; on the contrary, he has many different ways of finding man and even of turning his wrong ways into right ways…. The feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who know that they are in the hands of the one who writes straight in crooked lines.”  —Pope Benedict XVI Continue reading “Nov 21, 2021: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (B)”