November 24, 2019.
“And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God”. The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” (Luke 23, 35-38)
The church always finishes the liturgical year with a special holy day: the solemnity of Christ the King. With this it wants to proclaim the conviction that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, genuine Lord of the Universe. However this faith in the divinity and the power of Christ does not lead it to occult the weakness of the Lord and such select as text for the reading of the Sunday Gospel that which shows Christ at his most vulnerable, his greatest prostration: that of the Cross.
In the solemnity of Christ the King this year, the “word of life” invites us to remember the Lord which we love and worship is crowned by thorns and not gold or diamonds. And this leads us to become a common cause with him. It can’t be otherwise if we truly love him. Could a mother live with much while her children die of hunger? Can a friend squander while a colleague suffers hardships?
Well, if these questions only have “no” as an answer, we should answer the same to the question we must ask ourselves concerning our solidarity with the King crowned by thorns. We cannot have a clean conscience while he is this way, today as then, suffering hunger, thirst, loneliness and injustice. We should hurry to free him from his crown of pain and to do so we have to remove him from the font of those who suffer wear it: all who suffer. Naturally we will prick ourselves with the thorns in doing so, but this will be the price that we happily pay to alleviate the pain from he who is first in our live. Our King, Christ.
Intention: Worship Christ and put him first in your life with concrete Works of love for the needy since helping him helps our Crucified Lord.