Basic Information

Mass Location: St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Mass Time: Sunday 10 a.m. (check parish website bulletin for special feastdays which may be different)
Confessions: 9:00-9:45 a.m. - see schedule below

Monday, October 27, 2014

Homily - Feast of Christ the King - October 26, 2014

Col. 1:12-20; Jn. 18:33-37

Today is the feast of Christ the King.  It was introduced by Pope Pius XI in 1925, in response to the rise of secular nations during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  A contemporary, G. K. Chesterson said, “When people give up God, the government becomes God.”  Something like this was happening then, and happens now.  Pius XI, in his encyclical, affirms classic Church teaching.  All authority comes from God, whether sacred or temporal, and must be respected.  The truth is determined not by the will of a dictator or by the majority opinion, but by the divine and natural laws.   St. John Paul II, in our own day, said, “Everything is subject to evangelization,” even government.

In our Gospel today, Jesus says He has come to bear witness to the truth.  He has been handed over by Caiaphas to Pilate.  Pilate questions him about the only accusation which would have been of interest to the Roman governor, “Are you the king of the Jews.”  There is drama here.  Jesus gives Pilate the opportunity to speak for himself, “Are you saying this of yourself, or have been others telling you about me?”  Pilate demurs, and Jesus unfolds in a few words the kind of king he is:  “My kingdom is not of this world. . . .  I have come to testify to the truth.”  If the Gospel were to continue for one more line, Pilate responds, “What is truth?”  He gives voice to the perennial secular view of relativity.  Archbishop Sheen points out the irony that Pilate’s name, the one who asked, “What is truth,” appears now in the center of the Creed, “suffered under Pontius Pilate,” where in is professed the whole truth of our faith. 

In the Epistle today, St. Paul tells us about the truth, the truth about God, the truth about Christ.  In this hymn to the Savior, He is the image of the invisible God.  And the words “fullness” and “all” appear and are repeated:  all fullness resides in Him; all things were created by Him; and at the center is the cross, whereby He reconciles all things to Himself.  We want to say that there are many powers in the world, but none greater than that of Christ and Christ crucified and risen from the dead.  But He is not just one of many powers.  He is the unique Son of God.  Not only does no other Mediator exist, but no other Mediator is necessary. 

It is always wonderful when we can recognize ourselves in the Scriptures.  The Epistle hymn tells us He is the firstborn of the dead.  His resurrection is the cause of our resurrection on the last day.  It says He is Head of the Body, the Church.  We are incorporated in Him by our faith and baptism.  He has ascended.  Part of us is already in heaven.  He has shown His kingship by His cross, which we celebrate in this and every Mass, overcoming all things.  He is the Head of a new humanity in the Church, and the center of the Kingdom, which is both present now, and to come in its fullness.