We end the liturgical year by celebrating the feast of Christ the King, a king of our heart, mind and soul. A king chosen by God, not to dominate or judge us, but simply to show us the way of truth, giving his life for the salvation of the world, and that divine hope may remain alive for an eternity in the hearts of men. It was God's true dream that Jesus came to fulfil. When we are deep in sleep, we dream, and Daniel saw another vision, like St Joseph, a divine dream, God dreams in us. God speaks to us in the depth of our heart, sometime in deep darkness, sometime in the burning bush, sometime in the murmuring sound of the breeze. Like Daniel and John; who saw the divine mystery, the encounter of the Father with his beloved Son, giving Him the power and confidence, God desires us to have the same encounter and to share with us, the grace in abundance.
If Jesus taught us to pray to the Father saying, "Thy Kingdom come", what He needs from us is that we become members of His Kingdom and accept His Kingship and His golden rule: Love one another as I have loved you. It is in this love that is best expressed in mercy that the world recognises every Christian. ST. James says, ‘by your love, let them know that we are Christians.’
The dialogue between Pilate and Jesus demonstrates two truths, one held by Jesus, according to the world to come, the world of God, and the truth held by Pilate, the truth held by this world. Jesus tells Him that Pilate doesn’t have the truth. He simply has chosen to believe what others have represented to him. He had all the means to be able to verify the information he received, yet he wanted to choose the truth represented by his friends, the chosen ones of society. The truth held by this world is conditioned by personal and social or religious interests than love and mercy. Jesus in truth helps Pilate to recognise that he is not in the truth and invites him to convert, freeing Jesus, the innocent. Unfortunately, Pilate rejects the divine proposal.
Pilate's words remind us of the dialogue between God the Creator and the world's first parent. It is not me, it is the other. Jesus would like Pilate to assume his own responsibility. It is no longer the others, but you, you alone, who are responsible. There is a big difference between the world of today and the world of God. Each one of us must assume our own responsibility and at every moment of our lives we must bear witness to the truth. And this truth will save us. The moment we bear witness to the truth, truth revealed to us, by the Father, we become the true disciples of the Lord, the beloved of the Father. Through this truth we belong to that royal people, chosen by God, to glorify and praise him. By this act, we not only become true friends of Christ, but also, our acts will be de facto transformed as divine works. There we will learn to act not only in truth, but also to act in righteousness, without fear.
In truth, we will discover justice and apply it in love and mercy. It is not in fear or anger that we qualify our actions. Pilate was afraid and so were the people of Jerusalem. They were afraid of losing their power, glory and might. The result of such an orientation ends up with an error of judgement and cost the life of an innocent man. They wished Jesus to be their king and wisely Jesus took distance from their wish.
Today, Jesus shows us another way, full of love and mercy, a way of peace and reconciliation, a way of truth and life, rooted in faith and charity. This Kingdom of God is here, at present, yet it is not of this world, Jesus tells us. Friends of Christ, I invite you to recognise this Kingdom and to become a member of it, AMEN.