This final Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year celebrates the glorious Second Coming of Christ at the end of time. When God first created human beings, our first parents in the Garden of Eden, it was perfectly in union with the will and the plan of God. It was the Kingdom of God on earth. But when we sinned and turned away from God’s will and God’s plan, we fell into slavery to sin and to the evil one, who was now the Prince of This World.
God promised that this state of affairs would not be the final story but that he would send his Son, born of woman, to do battle with Satan and with the powers of evil and to defeat them. Eventually, Jesus would put his enemies beneath his feet and would restore the Kingdom of God in its perfection, here on earth, and he (Christ) would be king of all things and of all people.
The word Christ (the Greek equivalent of the Aramaic Messiah) literally means “The Anointed One,” which refers to the king of Israel. Jesus, who was a Son of David, would inherit the throne of Israel and eventually the universe. When we say “Jesus Christ,” we are proclaiming, “Jesus the King” or “King Jesus.”
At the end of time, Jesus will return in his glory and will conquer all evil. In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says of those times, “See, I make all things new.” And so he does. We are told of a New Heaven and a New Earth, and of the New and Heavenly Jerusalem. The Reign of God, the Reign of Jesus Christ, will be restored and there will be no more war, no more hunger, no more disease, and no more sorrow.
This final week of the Church’s year, the Feast of Christ the King, reminds us that this is what we are working for and preparing for. As in all things, we work as if everything depends upon us, and we pray as if everything depends upon God. Somehow in the alchemy of this union of God and man, the Kingdom will come.
–Fr. Mike Comer