Saturday, November 19, 2005

Christ the King

The feast of Christ the King is the last one before the new liturgical year begins next Sunday with Advent. It's hard to believe that Advent starts in a week!
The idea of kingship is a bit foreign to us today, at least to people who live in democracies.
Pope John Paul liked to link the idea of kingship with service. In his first encyclical, the Redeemer of Man, he spoke of the kingly service of Christ, as the Gospel says: "The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve."

To think of Christ the King reminds us that we too are called to live lives of service to others. Pope John Paul liked to call that "the law of the gift." He said we only find fulfillment to the extent that we make a gift of ourselves to God and to other people.

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