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Christ the King

  • POPE BENEDICT XVI

Can there be a power not obtained by human means?  


christking A power which does not respond to the logic of domination and force?  Jesus came to reveal and bring a new kingship, that of God; he came to bear witness to the truth of a God who is love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8, 16 ), who wants to establish a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.  Whoever is open to love hears this testimony and accepts it with faith, to enter the Kingdom of God.

The power of the true Messiah, the power which will never pass away or be destroyed, is not the power of the kingdoms of the earth, which rise and fall, but the power of truth and love.  In this way we understand how the kingship proclaimed by Jesus in the parables and openly and explicitly revealed before the Roman procurator, is the kingship of truth, the one which gives all things their light and grandeur.

By his sacrifice, Jesus has opened for us the path to a profound relationship with God: in him we have become true adopted children and thus sharers in his kingship over the world.  To be disciples of Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God's love.

We invoke the kingdom daily in the prayer of the "Our Father" with the words "Thy kingdom come"; in effect we say to Jesus: Lord, make us yours, live in us, gather together a scattered and suffering humanity, so that in you all may be subjected to the Father of mercy and love.  

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Acknowledgement

Benedict Pope Benedict XVI. "Christ the King." (November 25, 2012).

From a Homily, Ordinary Public Consistory for the Creation of New Cardinals at the Vatican Basilica.

Published with permission of Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

This excerpt appeared in Magnificat in November 2014.  

The Author

Benedict73smBenedict72Pope Benedict XVI is the author of Jesus of Nazareth, Vol II, Jesus of Nazareth, Vol I, Caritas in Veritate: Charity in Truth, Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi, God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est,The End of Time?: The Provocation of Talking about God, Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam, Salt of the Earth: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church at the End of the Millennium, God and the World: Believing and Living in Our Time, In the Beginning: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall, The Spirit of the Liturgy, The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church, Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Introduction to Christianity, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, Behold the Pierced One, and God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life.

Copyright © 2012 Libreria Editrice Vaticana
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