Who is your King? A powerful video for the Feast of Christ the King

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In times when many world leaders seem to be indifferent or opposed to the Christian way of life, it is vital that we remember who truly is king, who truly reigns over our societies and our lives. This is an excellent moment to reflect on this, as we will be celebrating the feast of Christ the King. It is a time to remember Christ’s words: “In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Historically speaking, the Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man’s thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ’s royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.


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Who reigns in my life? Who reigns over my decisions, my actions, my heart? These are all questions that we must ask ourselves. But, first, perhaps we should ask what we mean when we say “reigns.”


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The life of Jesus of Nazareth redefines what we commonly understand as kingship. His reign consists of service to mankind and obedience to his heavenly Father. He reigns from his throne, the cross.

We, as baptized, are called to participate in his kingship. How? Above all, doing all that is possible so that the “reign of sin” is conquered in our own hearts. If we accept Christ’s reign into our lives, he in turn offers peace and freedom from the misery of sin. Our acceptance should be an active one. We must participate in this movement by living a life of morality, a life in which the slavery of corruption is conquered and replaced by the freedom of the glory of the sons of God (Rom 8:21). In doing so, through the grace of baptism, we become active participants in Christ’s kingship.

However, Christ’s kingship is universal and designed to reach all nations. In welcoming Christ as our King into our hearts, we also need to work so as to spread his reign throughout the world. We do so by placing our lives at the service of the highest values, enduring whatever sacrifices and difficulties are necessary in order to educate, purify, and orient our surrounding culture (those around us and the social environment) towards the Lord and his teachings.

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla writes: “By ‘impregnating culture and human works with a moral value (See Part 2 of Gaudium et Spes), Christians act on themselves and others to bring about that kingship of man which is essentially realized through moral values. In this way they also labor for the increase of Christ’s kingdom in the world, because when all areas of human life are imbued with moral value, ‘the field of the World is better prepared for the seed of the divine word and the doors of the Church are opened more widely so that the message of peace may enter into the world’ (Lg 36).

Listening to the Magisterium:

Here is a part of the Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas about the Feast of Christ the King.

It has long been a common custom to give to Christ the metaphorical title of “King,” because of the high degree of perfection whereby he excels all creatures. So he is said to reign “in the hearts of men,” both by reason of the keenness of his intellect and the extent of his knowledge, and also because he is very truth, and it is from him that truth must be obediently received by all mankind. He reigns, too, in the wills of men, for in him the human will was perfectly and entirely obedient to the Holy Will of God, and further by his grace and inspiration he so subjects our free-will as to incite us to the most noble endeavors. He is King of hearts, too, by reason of his “charity which exceedeth all knowledge.” And his mercy and kindness which draw all men to him, for never has it been known, nor will it ever be, that man be loved so much and so universally as Jesus Christ. But if we ponder this matter more deeply, we cannot but see that the title and the power of King belongs to Christ as man in the strict and proper sense too. For it is only as man that he may be said to have received from the Father “power and glory and a kingdom,”since the Word of God, as consubstantial with the Father, has all things in common with him, and therefore has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion over all things created.

Video Information: Visuals set to the audio of the famous Protestant sermon “Seven Way King” as spoken by Dr. S.M. Lockridge. Made by Albert Martin.

About Garrett Johnson

Garrett Johnson has written 373 post in this blog.

Born in Texas, I fell in love with evangelization when I was 18. A former NET member and a Franciscan University of Steubenville Alumnus, I am now living in Rome and studying for the priesthood.

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