Today Catholic worshipers across the globe are commemorating the Solemnity of Christ the King. Pope Pius XI established this feast day in 1925 in the wake of what was supposed to be the “war to end all wars” as a way to combat secularism. We need this feast day now, more than ever.We end the liturgical year meditating on a King who died without a Kingdom in this world, a King assassinated by political authorities who found his message of love and redemption deeply threatening.
I struggled to write words to express what it means that Christ has dominion over our lives. Instead, I found the words in today’s reading, in a letter St. Paul wrote hundreds of years ago from a prison to the Colossians. I found an image painted nearly 400 years ago, by Diego Velázquez, that shows us both Christ’s human suffering and His transcendent divinity.
When I read Paul’s words and heard them at Mass Saturday evening, they burrowed into my heart.The Colossians had been converted to Christianity. But they were being pressured to accept false doctrines; so are we. I encourage you to to read these words out loud, and slowly. Christ explains everything. We exist because He gazes at us with immeasurable love.