Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christ the King

Christ the King is a title of Jesus based on several passages of Scripture and used by all Christians, especially Roman Catholics and Anglicans/Episcopalians. I was just reading this passage from Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians:

In fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For "God has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says, "All things are put in subjection," it is plain that this does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him. 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.

As I read this over I thought about how we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, which happens to be today. (The Catholic calendar of pre-Vatican II had this feast on the last Sunday of October, but that’s another matter altogether).

As I mentioned this past week, my bishop will be at my church today and then tonight I will be at another parish with their bishop celebrating their Patronal Feast which is Christ the King.

To God be thanks and glory!

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