- Aug 12, 2020
Declaring Jesus Christ a king raises many questions that require clarifying answers.
The Kingdom of God takes its power from the strength of Christ’s love, not the strength of the sword, Pope Francis said Sunday, on the feast of Christ the King.
During this weekend, the liturgical year of the Church observes the high feast of Christ the King. It might seem odd or stretched, but the feast day shares a common message with Thanksgiving.
In the coming month, believers will be treated to a trifecta of holy days. The three feasts of All Saints, All Souls, and Christ the King, each represent one aspect of the full Church, namely, the saints in heaven, the souls in purgation, and believers on earth.
On Sunday, Pope Francis expressed his sorrow for the attack on a mosque in Sinai, Egypt on Nov. 24 which killed more than 230 people and wounded hundreds more.
For believers today, the use of regal paraphernalia and language associated with the feast of Christ the King comes across as peculiar and unhelpful to their real lives and the actual challenges to their faith. Yet there’s a deeper significance to the feast which means it should be renewed, not suppressed.