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Christ the KING

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In ancient times, God anointed David as the king of Israel after Saul, and so David became the servant of God (2 Samuel 5:1-3). On the one hand, David was anointed to lead the people of God according to the righteousness of God’s holiness. On the other hand, David was anointed not to glorify himself, but to glorify the God who had chosen and made him king.

Today, Christians celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, we also realize that Jesus was anointed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit to be the King of the Universe. God appointed Jesus to lead us, and God wants us to listen to Jesus with whom God is well pleased to entrust his people.

Moreover, God could have anointed someone else from the human race as ruler over us, but God loves us dearly, and thus God wanted to give us a loving king, who is willing to die for our sake and for our salvation, rather than anointing a king who seeks his own glory. Thus, Jesus is the perfect King that God has given to us. The letter of St. Paul to the Colossians reminds us to give thanks to the Father who has made it possible for us to join the saints and with them to inherit the light. Because God has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins.

Therefore, Jesus is the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation. In Jesus, we glorify God for his well-chosen Servant King, and we glorify God for his great choice of his own loving Son, who shepherds us by the way, the truth and the life of God. Jesus Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, who accompanies us until we reach the eternal kingdom.

Fr. Tien Cao

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