The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe (Jn 18:33b-37) “My King and My Queen” PDF Version
Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B (2018): Jn 18:33b-37
Adam and Eve were to reign as king and queen. In giving them dominion over Eden and by extension over all the beasts of the earth and creatures of the seas, the first king and first queen of God’s creation were meant to be wise guardians of the known world, caring for the beauty of God’s creation and allowing harmony to reign as they ruled as king and queen, but void of selfish power and filled rather with a spirit of service and care for the precious gift they were given.
But the king and queen fell, sin entered the world, and their dominion was taken from them, causing conflict not only between them and their ancestors, but also the loss of their kingdom as they witnessed creation be tainted by their transgression and void of the wise governance they were suppose to exercise in the world. The earth began to be pillaged, war began among the newly emerging nations of the earth and kingship and queenship was now assumed by lesser men and women, who ruled as tyrants and warlords and not wise and careful stewards of the human family and the created world.
A new king and a new queen were needed to restore what was lost but the wait would be long. Some noble figures arose among the People of Israel to inspire hope that the return of the King and Queen was upon them. King David in his youth was a man after God’s own heart and it was promised that from his descendants would come a king who would rule forever, while Queen Esther is long remembered from being the great intercessor and saviour of her people when they were threatened with extermination in Ancient Persia.
As great as David and Esther and other noble men and women were, none of them were the true heirs of Adam and Eve, the perfect king and all loving queen. We know who they are: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and the Blessed Mother we call Mary, the queen mother of the Son of Man whom Daniel long ago foresaw coming into the world to establish His everlasting rule.
We know that throughout their lives upon this earth neither Jesus nor Mary sought royal titles or declared themselves king and queen mother of all peoples. Jesus frequently sought to silence those who wanted to declare Him King of Israel for their all too worldly view of His kingship. Mary always sought to live in the shadow of her Son, quietly watching His life and mission unfold and encouraging others to focus their eyes on Him and not herself, living a hidden queenship she kept silently in the depth of her heart.
It was only as Jesus came to the final days of His passion and death that He would allow the People to proclaim Him King. This is why He did not lie to Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea who stood in the place of the known king of the world, Caesar Tiberius, in responding to his question that Yes indeed He was a king.
He was the king Adam was meant to be. His kingdom was first and foremost not of this world for He had reigned for all eternity as King of Heaven. But when He would mount the wood of the Cross, then His eternal kingdom would also begin upon this earth, for this He was born, to come into the world, to testify to the truth, the truth that every knee sought bend in heaven and on earth and under the earth at the name of Jesus Christ, to whom to be glory, praise and dominion forevermore.
At the Cross we see Jesus as our king. It is here that we also see Him as the New Adam. For just as Adam was once made from the dust of earth, set apart as king to care for the world and safeguard the Tree of Life, so too would Jesus be born anew after His Body, covered in blood and the dust of the earth upon the cross, rise again from the dead and show that a new kingdom had begun, one that would seek to care for this world but also allow humanity to partake of the Tree of Life, though this tree is now a cross and though it once destroyed life, it now gives us eternal life if we are willing to take up our cross and follow Jesus.
It is also at the Cross that we discover Mary as the queen mother of this world. Just as Eve was given life from the side of Adam, so too does the new Eve, Holy Mary, stand by the side of Jesus, who is both her king and her son, and witness how He would save the world from the throne of His cross once from His opened side poured out water and blood, the great gifts of the King: the waters of baptism and the Flesh and Blood of the Eucharist.
In the most unexpected of throne rooms, the Crucified Christ and His sorrowful mother would be crowned king and queen of all creation, crowns won through their passions and now worn in the perfect glory of heaven. How blessed are we to have so merciful a king and so gracious a queen!
May each of us seek to find ways to proclaim Christ as our king! May we not be afraid to tell the world that Christ reigns over our hearts and homes, and that no political power or leader will ever win our allegiance over the reign of Christ the King.
May we also know that joy of proclaiming Mary as our Queen. After our parish was given its new name of Our Lady of the Rockies, we also received a new feast day for our parish, August 22ndwhich is celebrated in the Universal Church as the feast of the Queenship of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
This means the reign of Mary as queen of heaven and earth has an intimate connection to the life and mission of our parish. It is up to us to share this incredible truth with others: That all are invited to welcome this glorious queen into their lives, she who is also our mother and intercessor, the one who cares for us as a perfect mother should and never abandons us when we need her most.
Holy Mary, Queen of the angels, she who is clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and crowned with the 12 stars of heaven, pray for us now and at the hour of our death, Amen.