With tomorrow being the solemn Feast of Christ the King, we would do well to reflect on this great Feast of Holy Church and the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ.
Christ’s Kingship is repeatedly confirmed in Sacred Scripture.
“Pilate therefore went into the hall again, and called Jesus, and said to him: Art thou the king of the Jews? Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of me? Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? Thy own nation, and the chief priests, have delivered thee up to me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence. Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.” ~John 18: 33-37
“For the kingdom is the Lord’s; and he shall have dominion over the nations.” ~Psalms 22:28
“I will extol thee, O God my king: and I will bless thy name for ever; yea, for ever and ever. Every day I will bless thee: and I will praise thy name for ever; yea, for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: and of his greatness there is no end. Generation and generation shall praise thy works: and they shall declare thy power. They shall speak of the magnificence of the glory of thy holiness: and shall tell thy wondrous works.” ~Psalms 144: 1-5
“There is one most high Creator Almighty, and a powerful king, and greatly to be feared, who sitteth upon his throne, and is the God of dominion.” ~Ecclesiasticus 1: 8
“And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day there shall be one Lord, and his name shall be one.” ~Zechariah 14:9
“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king: he will save us.” ~Isaiah 33: 22
“But the Lord is the true God: he is the living God, and the everlasting king, at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his threatening.” ~Jeremiah 10: 10
Christ is King not only of society, but of His Kingdom, the Holy Catholic Church. Because He is God, His reign extends not only to individual persons, but to whole nations. All men must obey Christ the King and He must be recognized as King by society. The laws of His Kingdom, the Ten Commandments and the Teachings of the Catholic Church, must be obeyed by all. Until this is done, the world will not have peace. Until all things are restored in Christ the King, the world cannot have peace.
Pope Pius XI in his Encyclical Letter “Quas Primas”, established the Feast of Christ the King for the Universal Church.
From Quas Primas:
“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. Our Lord’s regal office invests the human authority of princes and rulers with a religious significance; it ennobles the citizen’s duty of obedience. It is for this reason that St. Paul, while bidding wives revere Christ in their husbands, and slaves respect Christ in their masters, warns them to give obedience to them not as men, but as the vicegerents of Christ; for it is not meet that men redeemed by Christ should serve their fellow-men. “You are bought with a price; be not made the bond-slaves of men.” If princes and magistrates duly elected are filled with the persuasion that they rule, not by their own right, but by the mandate and in the place of the Divine King, they will exercise their authority piously and wisely, and they will make laws and administer them, having in view the common good and also the human dignity of their subjects. The result will be a stable peace and tranquillity, for there will be no longer any cause of discontent. Men will see in their king or in their rulers men like themselves, perhaps unworthy or open to criticism, but they will not on that account refuse obedience if they see reflected in them the authority of Christ God and Man. Peace and harmony, too, will result; for with the spread and the universal extent of the kingdom of Christ men will become more and more conscious of the link that binds them together, and thus many conflicts will be either prevented entirely or at least their bitterness will be diminished.“
Today, Society no longer honors Christ as King. Rather, the civil governments mock him by enacting iniquitous laws that mock the laws of God. Murder of the unborn and every other kind of abomination is sanctioned and tolerated, without giving any thought to the laws of God. The State should be upholding the laws of God and the truth of the Catholic Church. Instead, Christ the King has been de-throned in Society and even in the Church, as the great Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre stated.
How has Christ been de-throned in the Church? Precisely through the heresy of religious liberty.
“When we pay honor to the princely dignity of Christ, men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state; and that in fulfilling the task committed to her by God of teaching, ruling, and guiding to eternal bliss those who belong to the kingdom of Christ, she cannot be subject to any external power. The State is bound to extend similar freedom to the orders and communities of religious of either sex, who give most valuable help to the Bishops of the Church by laboring for the extension and the establishment of the kingdom of Christ. By their sacred vows they fight against the threefold concupiscence of the world; by making profession of a more perfect life they render the holiness which her divine Founder willed should be a mark and characteristic of his Church more striking and more conspicuous in the eyes of all.
Nations will be reminded by the annual celebration of this feast that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honor and obedience to Christ. It will call to their minds the thought of the last judgment, wherein Christ, Who has been cast out of public life, despised, neglected and ignored, will most severely avenge these insults; for His kingly dignity demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing for the young a sound moral education.”
Vatican II de-throned Christ the King.
“I do not hesitate to affirm that the Council brought to reality the conversion of the Church to the world. I leave it to you to reflect who the moving spirit of this spirituality was: it is enough for you to remember the one whom Our Lord Jesus Christ calls the Prince of this World.” ~Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, “They Have Uncrowned Him”
Pope Pius X wanted all things restored in Christ. The restoration of all things in Christ is the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ.
I conclude with the words of Pope Leo XIII on the Kingship of Christ:
“His empire does not extend exclusively over Catholic nations, nor only over baptized Christians, who belong by right to the Church, even if they have strayed far away from Her because of their erroneous opinions or are separated from Her by schism ; it includes also all men without exception, even those who are foreign to the Christian faith, so that the empire of Jesus Christ is, in all truth, the whole human race.” ~Pope Leo XIII, “Annum sacrum”
It is time society and the Church once again recognizes Christ as King and His Church as the True Church.
Viva Christo Rey!
~ Damsel of the Faith