On this celebration of the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, we have another opportunity to glorify the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, it is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
This Sunday’s Gospel (John 18:33-37) indicates that Christ is not only the king of the Jews, but he is also the King of the universe. As St. Paul expresses in his first letter to Corinthians (15:28) ‘When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.’
With love, Christ rules the universe as a unique and unrepeatable king of truth. As he admitted himself before Pontius Pilate, ‘Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth, and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.’
Pope Saint John Paul II wrote in Veritatis Splendour (1993) that “The Splendour of Truth shines forth in all the works of the Creator and, in a special way, in the human person, created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26). Truth enlightens the human person’s intelligence and shapes their freedom, leading them to know and love the Lord.”
Therefore, Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and all who are on the side of truth listen to his voice consistently. The truth of Christ heals, magnifies, and completes our human nature. Christ makes us greater by enlarging our horizon of love, a love that is extended universally beyond our country’s borders and our comfort zone. This love is extended outwardly to the extent that those who allow themselves to be totally ruled by Christ become capable of loving their enemies, and so they enjoy the fulness of peace and joy which the world cannot give.
Fr. Tien Cao