The Solemnity of Christ the King affirmed our belief in the kingship of Jesus Christ. Pope Pius XI mentioned in his encyclical letter Quas Primas, which was published in 1925, that the kingship was given to Jesus Christ by His Father and He has dominion over all creatures. Christ's kingdom, however, cannot be compared to any temporal power or earthly kingdom. In the gospel of St. John (Jn. 18:36), Jesus said: "my kingdom is not of this world...." His kingdom goes beyond what the eye has seen, or the ear heard, or the heart of man conceived (cf 1 Cor 2:9). It is a life of everlasting happiness to which all men and women are invited.
As a King, Christ rules all men and women. He works in our hearts and minds. He grants forgiveness to every sinner, and gives meaning to our existence. Most important of all, Christ the King gives on every human being the unique grace of belonging to His kingdom. However, we become not only partakers of His kingdom but also sharers of His kingship.
As people who share in the dignity of Christ the King, we also share in the responsibility of governing the world. We are called to care for the earth and for our fellow human beings. Christ points out to us very clearly the way we should fulfill this duty. In the Gospel of St. Matthew (Mt. 25:31-46), Jesus lays down, in very concrete terms, examples of the shepherding love that we should bestow on one another. It is a love that feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, shelter the homeless, and welcomes the stranger. Pope Benedict XVI made a remark that Christ's kingship is not based on human power but on loving and serving others. The invitation for us, then, is that we are all called to love our neighbor like Christ the King.
Before we can claim that we serve Christ as our King, we must examine our words and deeds. By our love and service to our neighbor, will the world be able to see in us the image of Christ the king?