Meeting Christ in the Liturgy
The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, Universal King
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Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
|The SOLEMNITY OF JESUS CHRIST, UNIVERSAL KING|
Ezekiel 34, 11-12. 15-17; Psalm 23; 1 Corinthians 15, 20-26. 28; Matthew 25, 31-46
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!
Christ conquers! Christ rules! Christ reigns!
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels of heaven, he will sit upon his royal throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him." (Mt 25) We worship Jesus Christ as Lord and King because he is victorious in the battle over sin and death. In His resurrection, which we celebrate and in which we participate at every Eucharistic Sacrifice, our Lord established His rule over all creation, and overcame in Himself the effects of the sin of Adam. Christ is Lord, for he has conquered what we fear most and have no power against, the cruel and bitter specter of death. We cannot but exult and shout for joy with the knowledge that we can share in His Resurrection. We share in the Resurrection in the first place by meeting Christ in the liturgy, in Word and Sacrament. The Christ we receive in the Eucharist is the Easter Christ, the risen and glorified Christ as he is now victoriously seated at the right hand of the Father in glory.
The lesson of the final judgment in St. Matthew's Gospel, chapter 25, verses thirty-one to forty-six, makes clear that we are to seek out and to meet Christ wherever he may be found, in a particular way in human life in all its stages and conditions. "Truly, I say to you, as you did it one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." (Mt 25:40)
The Lord associates himself in a mysterious way with the poor. We may have great reverence for His true and real presence in the Blessed Sacrament, and are called to love him with our whole heart, mind soul and strength. Yet, we cannot please God or love Him as we ought if we fail to love our neighbor as our self, doing so for love of Christ. The divine love and life poured out abundantly in the Eucharist is given both for love of God and love of neighbor.
The Catechism teaches that the requirement of charity for our neighbor flows from the presence of Christ by the power of his word and the Holy Spirit.
Our Lord Jesus has given His Body and Blood to us precisely so that
we may overflow with the same love for others that he has first given
to us. It is for this reason that he will judge us at the end of the world
on the ways in which we have generously and self-sacrificingly
offered ourselves for the life of others in imitation of the way in which
He gives of His own life unceasingly for His bride, the Church.
The kingdom of Christ, a reign of charity and peace, is for all. The Lord sends us out as his disciples so that all mankind may be brought under his reign in the world. We the baptized are the agents through whom the social kingship of Christ will be realized. Our baptism is our commission and our grace for the apostolate.
Today after Mass, with others or with the whole congregation and
with priest or deacon leading, pray together the "Consecration to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus", in petition that "Thy kingdom come, Thy
will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
Solemnity of CHRIST THE KING
Daniel 7. 13-14; Psalm 93. 1-2, 5; Revelation 1. 5-8; St. John 18. 33b-37
After the communion prayer of today's Mass, take the opportunity for liturgical expression of Christ's kingship through benediction and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart and Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I look forward to meeting you here again next week as, together,
we "meet Christ in the liturgy"---Father Cusick
The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, Universal King
2 Samuel 5, 1-3; Psalm 121 (122), 1-2.3-4.4-5; Colossians 1, 12-20; St. Luke 23, 35-43
Christ is the anointed one. Anointed by God the Father to be the
Messiah, and therefore King. By reason of his godhead, Jesus the
Son shares in the dominion of the Father and the Holy Spirit over all
creation. His kingdom is not of this world, and so his kingship is not
like that of earthly kings. He is also the Suffering Servant.
Jesus Christ is Universal King not only by reason of his divine
omnipotence, but more the cause of joy and confidence for us, the
Suffering Servant who has established his lordship through
conquering sin and death through the Cross and Resurrection. Jesus
Christ is our Redeeming and merciful sovereign Lord.
Indulgences: 5 years; plenary once a month for daily recitation on the usual
conditions. On the feast of Christ the King, to be solemnly read with the
Litany of the Sacred Heart before the blessed Sacrament exposed: then, 7
years, and a plenary indulgence supposing Confession and Communion (Pius
XI, 1926, 1927, 1932)