A Different kind of King, a different kind of Kingdom
1. The Human Situation
We live at a time when there are no more powerful kings and kingdoms. What we have are nations and states governed by powerful, wealthy, and popular politicians who act like kings. These politicians are often elected into office because of their wealth or their popularity.
Like the kingdoms of old, many of the powerful nations and states, own much of the wealth and resources of the earth and control the destinies of small nations. These nations thrive by exploiting the weaker nations. They thrive on injustice and on violence.
2. The Word of God
In our Gospel today, Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate,
the representative of the most powerful kingdom at that time – the Roman Empire. He stands accused of being a threat to the security and stability of the kingdom. Pilate asks him: “Are you a king?” Jesus answers him: “my kingdom is not of this world.”
Jesus affirms that he is a king. But he is a different kind of king with a different kind of kingdom.
Unlike the kings of this world, his kingship is not based on power, wealth and popularity. His kingship is that of service. He had said: ‘I came not to be served but to serve and to give my life for the redemption of many.”
Christ’s kingship was shown on the cross – which is his throne. He is a different king – the suffering servant.
The kingdom of Christ is not of this world. It does not mean that his kingdom is outside of this world, somewhere out there in the sky or the clouds. It means that the kingdom he came to
proclaim and inaugurate is not like the kingdoms of the world – kingdoms built up and governed by injustice, oppression and violence. It is to be the kingdom where God reigns, a kingdom of truth and love, of justice and of peace.
Today as we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, we remember Christ’s kingship and the kingdom that he came to establish.
We also remember that Christ has shared with us his kingship through our baptism. The Church which is his body is a Kingly, a Royal People, called to serve God and humanity and to make the kingdom of God a reality in the world by working for justice and peace.
The Basic Ecclesial Community – a new way of being Church – is also called to be a kingly people – a servant community, that is concerned not just about the spiritual matters but also works to care for the poor and the needy, that promotes peace and justice and defend the environment.