MySpiritualAdvisor.com’s Mark Kurowski reflects on two kings and how they are NOT like Jesus. What Christ as King mean to us today? Why do we care? What is false? Listen to this podcast of his reflection on the readings for the Feast of Christ the King. Please read Colossians 1:12-20 and Luke 23:35-43. #GreatPreaching #Prayer #Sermons #Homilyhelper #Heaven #Tsar #King #HoldThingsTogether
For MySpiritualAdvisor.com, this is Mark Kurowski with a reflection for Sunday, 11/24/2013 The Feast of Christ the King.
Please pause this audio and read Colossians 1:12-20 and Luke 23:35-43.
What differentiates the Kingship of Jesus over every other Kingship is that Jesus is king to transform his people, not to keep his people down.
I believe that we would not have seen the great bear of Communism arise if Nicolas II of Russia, the King, called the “Tsar”, had this kind of thought. When asked to alleviate the pain of the peasants and have a constitutional monarchy in Russia, he was furious and denied the ability of the peasants to participate in their own rule. Additionally, he was worth more than what would be equivalent to $300 billion in today’s dollars in 1917. If he had cared about lifting his people up, he would have been hailed, listened to and admired. Instead, he laid the framework for the Communists to have a valid argument, albeit a flawed solution.
We in the United States make much ado about taxation without representation and decry the monarch of England, George III, as the representative of all that is bad about being a King. It is said that George wanted to, “keep the rebels harassed, anxious, and poor, until the day when, by a natural and inevitable process, discontent and disappointment were converted into penitence and remorse”.
Kingship can really get a bad rap when we look at sinful kings. Yet, this is not the kind of kingship that we are talking about when we talk about Jesus. In fact, when we read the Gospel for this Christ the King Sunday, it seems laughable that Jesus would be thought of as a king at all. There he is, hanging on a Cross, mocked and ridiculed by others. The authorities, the Centurions, mock him. The thieves mock him. Death is all that awaits the man hanging on the Cross as we read it in the Gospel of Luke.
There are some similarities with those kings I mentioned previously. Jesus is very wealthy, in fact more wealthy than Tsar Nicolas or King George. Jesus is powerful, in fact more powerful than Tsar Nicolas and King George. Jesus is subject to death in this reading from the Gospel, just like Tsar Nicolas was killed and George later died. The similarities seem to stop there though.
The Jesus we see in St. Paul’s letter to the Church at Colossae paints a different picture of Jesus the King. Before he is Jesus, he is the “Son,” of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the “logos” the one through whom all things were created. He is the divine pattern of wisdom of Creation, which makes sense then that this Second Person of the Trinity would be the one to take humanity in the person of Jesus to deliver us. This means, unlike Tsar Nicolas and King George, all of the universe is Jesus’ domain. He is the one through whom the pattern of elements came together to bang the Big Bang. It was in the pattern of the Son that we have stars, moons, planets, oxygen, life.
So, this means that it makes sense that all things hold together in him. He is the one through whom life was formed. It then makes sense that when we fell from Eden, that it was Jesus who came to defeat the death that sin gave us.
How did he do it? Did he proclaim us healed? Did he send the angels to establish a new heaven and new earth? No. He came himself. The Pattern for the Big Bang came to become one of us. He lived as the paupers that Nicolas and George could not love. He was subjected to Roman Rule. He was subjected to the hate of humanity. He was subjected to the ridicule and the mockery, which happens to us. He was subjected to bleeding and punishment because he made someone envious of his wisdom and talent. This happens to us!
He came to love us by giving up his human life so that he could transform us. No king does that. Look at your workplace, even those around you are always consolidating power, using power to destroy. Look at Syria, did Bashar al-Asad try to win people over by distributing his wealth and sharing his power? No! Yet, that is exactly what Jesus did. Jesus gave up his power and allowed his own creation to kill him. Jesus gave up his fortune and allowed it to be nailed on a Cross so that he WOULD die. He died so that he could transform death and thus, transform everyone who is baptized into him.
Jesus reconnects us with God to reverse the disconnection that Adam did. Jesus advances us as a new creation beyond the original earthly bodies we have. Look at how he appears to the disciples: walking through doors, eating, coming in a spiritualized body that defies physics. Christ THE King, Christ OUR King, is not some usurping power hungry God who just takes, takes, takes. He is a loving God who gives, even to the point of letting his creation kill him. He is one who gives us new life. He gives us resurrection. He gives us the way to be connected with him in the Eucharist. He gives, gives, gives. He gives.
So, who wouldn’t want that kind of King? We should all use Christ the King as our example. Jamie Diamond of J.P. Morgan Chase should use Christ the King as his example. Presidents of companies should use Christ the King as their example for their employees. Directors of departments should use Christ the King as their example. We should use Christ the King as our example.
What differentiates the Kingship of Jesus the Christ over every other Kingship is that Christ is king to transform his people, not to keep his people down. Amen? Amen.
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