The interrogation of Jesus by Pilate that we witness in this week’s Gospel is a far cry from the riveting scene that we might expect. There’s no drama, no strong words. In fact, Jesus is almost silent. He knows that any answer He gives to Pilate’s questions will not satisfy His accusers. Those who had closed their eyes to all of His miracles, who had hardened their hearts to His saving message, would certainly not be swayed now by a lengthy explanation or lofty rhetoric. Jesus did not fit their image of a king, yet in the days and weeks to follow, He would demonstrate the true nature of His power. He didn’t come to conquer land but rather the landscape of the human heart. He didn’t come to destroy powerful overlords but to defeat the power of evil over our lives. The ultimate blow was taking Satan’s greatest weapon against mankind, death itself, and making it the pathway to eternal life. “O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” (1 Cor 15:55). Evil may be in the world, but Christ is the victor.
This week, as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, we are reminded that while our earthly leaders may fall and fail us, we have a King who will never let us down, who never falls short or is found wanting. We can put all our hope in Him, as He is the embodiment of love and mercy. Our King has the best interest of each and every person in mind. There’s no politics or posturing, no self-promotion, and no grandiose schemes to win our approval. Everything about His life speaks to His perfect humility – from the way He came into the world to the way He left it. As we contemplate this feast that brings us to the conclusion of our Church year, let us truly make Christ our Lord and King, elevating Him upon the throne of our hearts, allowing Him to reign over our lives!
– Kelley Holy