This Sunday is of special significance. Not only is it the last Sunday of this liturgical year, this Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism. Has not the latter invaded our world?


Pope Pius XI stated, “When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.[1]


Therefore, this Sunday is of special significance. It is a time to reflect on the absolute authority of Christ over creation, man, and nations. Jesus is the universal King! May He be praised!


The Gospel is taken from St. John’s Gospel,[2] it relates the interrogation of Jesus by the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Jesus is on trial for his “adversaries are trying to make out that Jesus is a king (‘King of the Jews’) in the sense of a messianic pretender to the throne of David and hence a threat to the rule of Rome.”[3]


Are you the King of the Jews?[4] Jesus states finally that “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.[5]


All those who seek the truth, yearn for the truth, have found The Truth, understand the implications it involves. Their allegiance is to Christ the King.[6] However, this is not a forced allegiance. Each of us may sometimes pledge our allegiance to other “Kings” in our lives. These may well vary from person to person. They could include over indulgence, materialism, unhealthy habits, or addictions, or maybe even hero worship. We can blot out our spiritual priorities in many different areas.


So, the big question this week and indeed of entire lives, is on whose head will you place your crown?


Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP



[1] Quas Primas, Pius XI December 1925

[2] Jn.18:33-37


[4] Jn.18:33

[5] Jn.18:37

[6] cf.


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