A Kinship of Love, Humility and Meekness

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Solemnity

2Sam.5:1-3/Ps.121:1-5/Col.1:12-20/Lk.23:35-43


A Kinship of Love, Humility and Meekness


Christ’s kinship is rooted in love and sustained by his humility and meekness. The Beatitudes defined the kingship of Christ vis-à-vis the kingdoms of the world. The entire drama on Calvary: the crucifixion, Christ flanked by two thieves, the mockery and ridicule of the soldiers beautifully depicted Christ living and dying for what he proclaimed. On the Cross – Christ enfleshed the Beatitudes. In the conversion of the meek and humble Dismas, Christ fulfilled his promise, “the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life in him (Jn.3:14-15, Nb.21:4-4).”


Distinctly different to the arrogance of earthly leaders under fire Jesus endure the taunting of mortals admirably. He unconditionally embraced the confession and conversion of a sinner; Christ offered Dismas just what he promised to all who believe in him, eternal life. On the Cross, Jesus demonstrated to the world: righteousness is a state of living. It rises above pettiness and vindictiveness. It is the administrator of justice and peace. Its only ambition is to inaugurate the kingdom of God and the full redemption of the world through redemptive suffering for others.


We can also think of Christ’s crucifixion as a prototype of his heavenly enthronement. His kingly status was never one of lordship. He understood his kingship in the context of a suffering servant (Is. 52:13—53:12). He did not come to be a lord but a servant who freely gave his life as a ransom for many (Mk.10:45) in obedience to the will of his Father. Christ acknowledged the power of his kingship did not depend on swords, soldiers or an army (Mat.26:53-54) but in the true spirit of the Beatitudes and his determination to fulfil not his will but the will of the Father (Lk.22:42). Otherwise, his kingdom would not have been for us a kingdom of light, righteousness, justice, peace and morality.


Paul’s hymn of glory in Colossians 1:12-20 is a magnificent depiction of the true persona of Christ. “He is the true likeness of the unseen God (Col.1:15).” Like his Father, Christ is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy. Christ on the Cross-beautifully portrayed all of the above-mentioned characteristics. That in itself also described the real nature of the kingdom of God and the kingship of Christ who came not to judge the world but to redeem it and to save all who believe in him (Jn.3:16-17).


The celebration of the Universal Kingship of Christ, therefore, must challenge is to revisit our understanding of what it means and what it entails when we acknowledge we are made in the image and likeness of God. This confession of faith must dare us to become living images and likeness of God. What then does that ask of us vis-à-vis the death of Christ on the Cross-and his kingship? If Christ is truly our king then why don’t we look a little more redeemed? Why are we afraid of redemptive suffering?


O God, take away from me all false pride and arrogance and help me become a living expression of the Beatitudes so that I can imitate Christ Jesus in every way.

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