Reflections on Sacred Scripture

by Cyndi Cain

Every knee shall bend to the King!

"It is you who say I am a king. The reason I was born, the reason why I came into the world, is to testify to the Truth. Anyone committed to the Truth hears My voice."

John 18: 37

       The Gospel for the Solemnity of the Feast of Christ the King, which we celebrate this Sunday, November 23rd, is one that everyone on earth should pay heed to, because in this enlightened day and age, we seem to have forgotten the Kingship of Christ and what It means for every person.

      What Our Lord focuses on in this passage is the following: "'My kingdom does not belong to this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My subjects would be fighting to save Me from being handed over to the Jews. As it is, My kingdom is not here.'"

      At this, Pilate said to him, 'So, then, you are a king?' Jesus replied:
'It is you who say I am a king.
The reason I was born,
The reason why I came into the world,
is to testify to the truth.
Anyone committed to the truth hears My voice.'"

     Christ, our Lord, God and Savior is King of Kings. To Him is due our unconditional love at every moment, for our life and our human love come from Him. Everything we have comes from Him, is permitted by Him, for our eternal salvation.

      In this permissive day and age, in this society of divisiveness even within Holy Mother Church, this particular Gospel should bind us all together with unity of heart through devout reverence for our God, our King, Our Savior - the Son of God, Eternal! This Gospel is a beacon of light shining in todayís spiritual darkness when so many are in error, so many are being led astray by apostasy, heresy and schism which looms larger every day.

      God alone is King. He has spoken. He has shown us the way. He is the Way, the Truth, the Light. He has bestowed His Holy Spirit as the Eternal Guide and Sanctifier of His One True Church. The power and authority comes to the Church through the apostles, chiefly St. Peter, the first Pontiff, upon whom Christ Himself bestowed the authority (cf. Matthew 16: 18-19).

      Christ, in establishing His Kingship, never once told anyone that this Kingdom was earthly, but we persist in trying to establish an earthly kingdom. The Kingdom is with Him, the Ultimate Goal, Heaven. He is in our hearts, if our hearts are attuned to Him, if our hearts seek Him, if we are fervent in the reception of the sacramental life of Holy Mother Church. Jesus did not offer His teachings to the apostles, disciples and people of His day and then add, "Oh, and feel free to pick and choose which of My teachings are easy for you to follow. Feel free to change or alter them as you become older, move on to another age or culture. Feel free to change the words I give if it fits better with your political correctness of the day!"

     No! He did not say that nor did He try to explain to the massive exiting throngs who could not comprehend His words about "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has life everlasting... (cf. John 6: 54-70). Christ, the King of Kings, came to redeem all mankind. He paid the ultimate price, He made the Perfect Sacrifice, and He laid down for us the way to be with Him forever - He the King, we His children. Today, as the Church struggles with internal and external battles that extend from within the Curia of the Church, to local dioceses and individual parishes, let us all focus on where our true loyalty and love lie. Is it with Christ the King, or with the mainstream opinion of society? Are we obedient, as Christ commanded us to be, first to God, and then through His Authority, to His Successor, the Holy Father? Are we reverent and do we seek reverence when we go to Mass? Are we reverent in everything we do, think and say. Can we do less, if we truly believe Christ is King of Kings?

      Were the whole of mankind to realize the validity of todayís Gospel, there would come, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, a wonderful, magnificent transformation within each person and throughout the world. There would cease to be divisions, because manís pride would die and satan would have nothing to feed on any longer.

      This Gospel clearly shows us that through the Sacred Passion of Christ He firmly and forever established His Kingship over all; and no one, not priest, bishop, cardinal, lay person or religious, has the right to tamper with His Kingship by altering what He gave, what He taught, and watering down His Perfect Sacrifice into an "entertainment" or a mere "banquet" around which we gather as gawkers.

      To believe and worship Christ the King, we are at the foot of the Cross with the Mother of Christ, Mary Magdalene and St. John. We are not in the background with the rabble, catcalling and deriding Christ, challenging Him to come down off the cross to prove His Godhead.

      Isnít that what the modernists are doing today? Challenging the Kingship of Christ.

      Today is the day to proclaim in your heart and with your lips the Kingship of Christ and all He means to you. This is a tremendous feast day! One that should be universally celebrated with all pomp and circumstance, to lift up our souls, hearts and minds to God - our Creator.

      The time will come when every knee shall bend to Christ the King as Isaiah 45: 23, Romans 14: 11, and Philippians 2: 10 proclaim. Let us bend our knee now, for it is a position of total love to Him.

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