Sunday, November 22, 2009

Two Aspects, Two Realities

(Christ the King)

We celebrated the Feast of Christ the King. In the gospel episode of the day, Jn. 18:33-37, we see the different aspects of fear and strength, cowardice and bravery, justice and injustice. Pilate, the powerful Roman governor of Judea , knew of Jesus’ innocence but he feared the leaders of the Jews and was so concerned of his position before the emperor. So afraid of the pressure of the Jews who were asking for Jesus’ death by crucifixion, he gave in to the unjust condemnation of Jesus. The verdict of history came. After Jesus rose three days after He died, He now is Christ the King.

The way of Pontius Pilate and those who follow his ways of injustice are remembered in ignominy and shame, but the ways of Jesus and His followers are put on the pedestal of glory. The kingship of Jesus is one of love, mercy, humility, forgiveness, and triumph but the ways of those who condemned Jesus and their followers end in disappointment since God has made Jesus, King of kings andLord of lords. His kingdom is a kingdom of justice, peace, mercy, love and forgiveness. The truth and reality Jesus promises is eternal life. He had said: “My kingdom is not of this world” (Jn. 18:38). This world is passing but an eternal kingdom awaits those who follow theway of the cross of Jesus Christ. “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his soul in the process?” (Mt. 16:26).

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