Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

“Today’s liturgy invites us to fix our gaze on Christ, the King of the Universe. The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus’ works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom. Those who accomplish these works show that they have welcomed Christ’s sovereignty, because they have opened their heart to God’s charity. In the twilight of life we will be judged on our love for, closeness to, and tenderness towards, our brothers and sisters. Upon this will depend our entry into, or exclusion from, the kingdom of God: our belonging to the one side or the other. Through his victory, Jesus has opened to us his kingdom. But it is for us to enter into it, beginning with our life now, by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity. If we truly love them, we will be willing to share with them what is most precious to us, Jesus himself and his Gospel.”
[Pope Francis, Christ the King 2014, St Peter’s, Rome]

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