The 6:30 a.m. Mass of Christ the King of universe, 22th November 2020, at Mount Sion Gikungu, was presided by Reverend Father Claude Jeria. This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. For this reason, we focus on the final and glorious things to come. Today we celebrate the solemnity of Jesus Christ, king of the universe, we are His sheep and He is our Shepherd. He leads us as a loving father would. He wants to enter in our lives personally, intimately and carefully, never imposing Himself but always offering Himself as our guide. Unfortunately, sometimes our mindset rejects this kind of kingship.
In the gospel, Jesus shows the image of the last judgement: there will be two sides, the right side for his sheep and the left side for the goats; the right side will be reserved for the ones who give food to those who are hungry, give what to drink to the thirsty, welcome to strangers, care for those who are sick and the ones who are in prison; the left side will be for those who do not care for the lowly ones. Those ones of the left shall go to eternal punishment while the righteous shall enter into eternal life. As a king, Jesus desires to lead every aspect of our lives and lead us in everything. He desires to become the absolute ruler and monarch of the souls of His people. But He will not impose this sort of kingship upon us; we should accept it freely and without reservation. Thus, Jesus will only govern our lives if we freely surrender ourselves to Him. When that happens, His kingdom begins to become a reality within us and through us in the world!
Additionally, Jesus wishes His kingdom to be established in the world. First and foremost, this takes place when we become His sheep and thus, we become His useful instruments in helping in conversion of the whole world. He also calls us to establish His Kingship by making sure that His law of love is respected in our society. It is Christ’s authority that confers us the authority and responsibility as Christians to do all we can in fighting all kind of injustices and then to bring about a respect for every human being. All earthly rulers ultimately receive their authority from Christ alone since He is the only one universal King.
However, many people do not recognize Him as king: so what can we do about them? Should we impose God’s law upon those who do not believe? The answer is both yes and no; there are things we cannot impose. For example, we cannot force people to go to mass, but we can motivate them by preaching the goodness and kindness of Jesus through our way of living so that we can be able to inspire them. We know Jesus requires it from us for the good of our souls. He is motivating us to be generous, to have an open heart, to have a spirit of solidarity, to have a heart that understands the needs of others.
Hence, as Christians, we must reflect today upon our own embrace of Christ as disciples. Does He truly govern our lives in every way? Do we allow Him to have a complete control over our lives? When this is done freely and completely, the kingdom of God is established in our daily lives. Thus, let Him reign so that we can be converted and, through us, others can come to recognize Him as Lord of all.
Done by Ally Orla Ikorineza