CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS
Brothers and Sisters,
In a country like ours, the feast day of a royal saint or calling Christ our king may come across as odd or even undemocratic. This, however, may make the high point of the liturgical year all the more helpful.
Christ is in charge of Heaven, Earth, and the whole universe – though not by our election. Christ is in charge not consensus of the human race, nor by majority vote in Heaven. Christ is crowned not by human authority but by human assent.
There’s an old joke about why the Church is not a democracy – that bishops are chosen by the pope and not elected by the people. Referencing the Passion account; in Mathew 27:15-26 the Gospel recalls the option to release Christ but the people chose the notorious criminal instead. The one-liner then is as follows: the last time the Church was a democracy, Jesus lost to Barabbas.
It’s so easy to judge the people at the time and claim that we ourselves would never have turned away from Christ. Maybe we excuse ourselves from Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day, perhaps we don’t worry about the Faith that the Church insists is Truth, or maybe we have decided that the morality of the Church is something that we’re just not going to worry about. Brothers and sisters, any of these place us with those who chose Barabbas, we place our authority above Christ’s authority.
Let’s recognize the Truth: Christ is the king, and all things are to submit to Him. We all have ideas of how we would like the world to be or how we would like the Church to teach. By the same token, we need to be willing to set aside our own ways, give up our own preferences and let the Church teach us to follow Christ the king.
Celebrate Christ the king by assenting to Him in faith, in morality, and at every Sunday Mass.
God be near,