Christ The King (Note & Bulletin)

Christus Rex Gloriae - Christ, Glorious King

St Ignatius of Loyola writes about the birth of the Lord and list the different struggles and difficulties that the Holy Family endured.  At the end of the list he writes:  and all this so that the Lord may be born in poverty and die on the cross for me.  It seems strange to speak of Jesus as poor and at the same time be celebrating the Feast of Christ the King.  Kingship and poverty don’t usually fit together in our minds.  We judge the greatness of a king by his wealth and power.  If we think of a king who is poor, a king who is powerless, and a king who is arrested and condemned by others, we would think that he is not much of a king.  And yet this is precisely what the Church asks us to do this week.  

I’ve come to understand for myself why Christ was born poor.  When I think of myself, I can’t but think of myself as a poor person.  When we think of ourselves as being poor we probably don’t like it, or we feel confused by it.  Someone may think to themselves: “I left my home to come to Canada for opportunity.  I worked hard, got a good job, and supported my family.  How can you say ‘I’m poor?’”  Even though we may not like being considered poor, is it not who we truly are?  When I think about the person, the Christian or the Jesuit priest I want to be, I also think of how far I fall short.  So often, I can act from pride when a difficulty arises.  Sometimes my main concern is not the other person, but me.  Sometimes my temper can make me think ‘how I can get someone back’.  Sometimes my lack of ability scares me because I don’t know what to do.  We each could list our struggles, difficulties and sufferings.  And, in doing so, are we not describing a person who is poor?  And so, our poverty is not so much about our bank account as it is about the limitations and imperfections within the human person. 

With the Feast of Christ the King, however, we can come to know that with our poverty we are not overlooked or judged to be of no importance.  Jesus was born poor because I am poor.  Jesus was condemned as a poor king because I am poor.  It is as if God says, “Whoever you are and in whatever condition you may be, so too will I be.”  So if we are poor, God says he’ll be poor too.  This means that God refuses to let anything or anyone separate him from each of us.  The only reason God can refuse such a thing must be his expression of love for us. 

Our job and our faith is to be who we are.  We don’t have to pretend to be a prince or a princess in order to be seen and graced and loved by God.  God has already shown us that we are loved by him because we are his children.  When we can allow God to see us and embrace us for who we are, then we can allow him to love us for who we are.  But we must never think that ‘who we are’ is dependent on the level of success or struggle in our lives.  Rather, it comes from our own creation – it comes from the truth that we are the works of the Father’s hands.  If Jesus is our king, then his power is his love and his wealth is us.

God Bless & Take Care!

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