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It is the Solemnity of Christ the King. It is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. It is a Feast of the highest rank. It is a “type of celebration known as an idea feast.  Idea feasts direct our attention to some specific truth about Our Lord.”[1] In this case, of course, it is the truth of the Lord Jesus being universal King and eternal Priest.

Today’s Gospel[2]proclaims shows the great mystery of our faith: In the moment of his crucifixion, Jesus is shown to be King and Saviour of all.”[3]Above him there was an inscription: “This is the King of the Jews.”[4] An inscription put up as mockery ironically proclaimed just who Jesus was…the King of Kings!

As the people round the cross jeer their King, the murderer and thief recognises Jesus as his King. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”[5]

It can be hard for each one of us to recognise our King. With so much anguish in our world, our faith can sometimes falter. Where is our King? Where is our King in all this sorrow?

And yet, through our persevering prayer journey we can see the light ahead. We can see the crown of Jesus sparkling. Our faith tells us it is so – that Jesus is indeed our King, King of our hearts, King of the world. And this King’s Kingdom will have no end. So be His subject!

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP


[2] Lk. 23:35-43


[4] Lk. 23:38

[5] Lk.23:42