Pope St John Paul II best expressed the meaning of this great Solemnity when he said in 1997: ‘On this Sunday which closes the liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. In the Gospel we listened to Pontius Pilate’s question to Jesus: “Are you the King of the Jews?”. Jesus replies by asking in turn: “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”. And Pilate answers: “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?”. At this point in the dialogue, Christ states: “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world”. Everything is clear and transparent now. Faced with the priests’ accusation, Jesus reveals that his is another kind of kingship, a divine and spiritual kingship. Pilate asks for confirmation: “So you are a king?”. At this point, excluding every erroneous interpretation of his royal dignity, Jesus indicates his true kingship: “I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice”. … The Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, invites us to repeat with faith the prayer of the Our Father, which Jesus himself taught us: “Thy kingdom come”. Thy kingdom come, O Lord!”— “A kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace”’ (this last from the Eucharistic Preface).

May this kingdom of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace, come to pass in our own time. May God bless you abundantly this day.