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Feast of Christ the King

Kingship and Leadership

By Fr. Tim Uniac, C.R.

David is anointed king over Israel in our first reading today. While many of us have developed our own image of who we believe David to have been, in truth David was not a perfect king, he had many shortcomings, sins and infidelities. However, when the people of Israel looked back over their history, they would identify David as an ideal king, and he would become a legend. Why did they believe this? The Book of Samuel offers us a hint, for in this book two primary aspects of kingship are identified as essential for success. First, the king is to be humane in his leadership, to govern with wisdom and justice. Second, the king is to be in solidarity, in unity with God – a man of prayer who would seek God’s assistance in his leadership. The Israelites believed David, the shepherd-king, possessed both of these elements when he exercised his kingship. This would lead to the belief that David’s kingship was one of greatness.

The Letter to the Colossians today is a Christological statement concerning the dimensions of Christ’s leadership and his place within our life of faith. It is believed that this “Colossians Hymn” was part of an ancient baptismal ritual, a profession of faith. These eight short verses speak to us of the divinity of Jesus and his relationship with God (his Father) (v. 14-20). The hymn also reveals to us the power of the cross (v. 12-13), for through the cross we have been rescued from darkness and have received redemption and the forgiveness of sins. The cross is seen as the throne of Jesus’ kingship. In truth this section of Colossians ought to be prayerfully read as our profession of faith!

Each year on this Sunday, we are reminded of the kingship of Jesus Christ, and today’s gospel reading is no exception to the rule. Luke the Evangelist reminds us that Jesus went to his death not as some kind of defeated victim but as a victorious leader. Luke identifies the cross not as the final act of Jesus but rather as the culmination of his story. It is also fascinating to note that Luke will use the three taunts while Jesus is on the cross—taunts by those who did not believe him to be the Messiah—as theological proclamations of who and what we believe Jesus to be. First, the leaders taunt and mock Jesus, but yet reveal their belief that Jesus carried out works that saved people when they profess “he saved others” (v. 35). Second, the soldiers taunt and mock Jesus but yet proclaim him to be the “king of the Jews” (v. 36). Third, the criminal taunts and mocks Jesus yet proclaims him as Messiah, while the second criminal announces the kingdom of heaven where Jesus will reign (v. 37). Luke uses the cross today to have Jesus proclaimed theologically by his enemies as the one who saves: the king of the Jews, the Messiah, and the ruler of the kingdom of heaven – what an interesting twist of irony!



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