Christ the Universal King
Solemn Mass 10.30 am. St. Pius X, Hockley
Celebrant and Preacher: Fr. Jeff Woolnough
Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of ordinary time. The image of kingship and kingdom, like most of the images used to describe Christ, is rich and multifaceted. All of today’s readings, however, either feature or allude to a certain dimension of Christ’s kingly power: his role as Judge. Ezekiel, describing the Lord as a royal shepherd, reports that the Lord “will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats” (Ez 34:17). The Gospel of Matthew makes the link between King, Shepherd, and Judge even clearer when it describes the Son of Man seated “upon his royal throne” (25:31) and separating the nations “as a shepherd separates sheep from goats” (25:32). In the reading from 1 Corinthians, Christ does not separate any sheep, but he does destroy every “sovereignty, authority, and power” (1Cor 15:25) hostile to himself, so that “God may be all in all” (1Cor 15:28).
Christ, in other words, is judge of everything.