I know that we are not even close to the Feast of Christ the King, but I thought that I would share with you some thoughts and musings.
One thing that stands out about this feast is how well it manages to encapsulate our faith. We call Christ a king because that is exactly what He is. He rules as lord over heaven and earth. Everything that was made on the earth was made for Him and, therefore, it makes absolute sense that there should be a feast in honor of His Kingship.
Yet it seems to me that there are many people out there who either do not understand the meaning of the Feast or have distorted it beyond all measure.
When Pope Pius XI issued his encyclical “Quas Primas” in 1925, he was instituting the feast because he believed that things should be set aright in the world. You see, there was a very vigorous fight going on between Communism and Fascism in many parts of the world. As the Pope, Pius XI believed that if we oriented ourselves toward Christ as King and Mary as Queen, things in the world would change for the better.
However, that has not been the case. Ever since 1925, the world has not become better. Yes, Communism and Fascism no longer exist, but we also have to deal with numerous other problems that have invaded our society including the culture of death, relativism, and secular humanism. All of these pose a danger to our society and to the Catholic Church.
This is why it is so important that we realize that God wants us to live lives that are centered on Him as the king of our hearts and souls. We should not accept anyone or anything else to usurp that prized position of His. Rather, we should consecrate ourselves to Christ the King and live out the message that was so forcefully written by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical.
Long live Christ the King!
For more information on Pope Pius XI’s encyclical, click here: http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius11/P11PRIMA.HTM