Homily for the feast of Christ the King - Year A - Mt. 25:31-46


by

Father Daniel Meynen
 
 

"Jesus said: «When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'


" «Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.'


" «And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.» "





Homily:


"Jesus said: «When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. "


Soon, the Lord Jesus will return in his glory! I say: "soon"! Let us not worry about knowing if it will be tomorrow, or in a month, or in ten years. I say "soon" because this event we are all awaiting could come at any moment... I say "soon" to show my enthusiasm, one that you should share, to see that great Day that the Lord will make! Will it not be magnificent to see Christ in his glory?


Will it not be marvelous to see Christ, the angels, and the sheep united together? I do not speak of the goats, for they are damned... To see in a single glance all of creation united in Christ! For is this not what we hope to see on that Day, which will be an eternal Day? Christ, the angels, and the sheep: God, the spiritual beings, and the corporeal beings, the whole of creation together! In a word, the Total Christ: the fullness of all the elect of God!


" «Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.' "


Jesus is the King of the Universe, the Great King, he who reigns over all the nations! Jesus already reigns over the nations: in himself, Jesus has already regenerated the human nature that all the nations of the earth have as their own. But what remains is for Jesus to reign over each of the persons who make up these same nations: this is what will take place at the return of the Lord in his glory. Of course, it is necessary that each person truly wants to accept the reign of Christ over himself: each person of every nation is free to accept or to refuse the reign of Christ...


By accepting the reign of Christ, the elect of God will receive the grace to approach Jesus the King of the Universe, they will receive the grace to go towards Christ and to respond to his command: "Come, O blessed of my Father!" The elect are the "blessed" of God, for they have received from God his Good Word: the "blessed" are called, in Latin, "bene-dictus", well-said; that is, those who have received from God the good word, which is the grace of God. For grace is truly a kind of word of God, a word that we either understand or don't understand, a word that we either accept or reject...


" 'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' "


These words of Jesus can and should be taken in their literal sense: the elect of God will be rewarded for having given food and drink, for having clothed people or taken care of the sick, for having visited the little brothers of Christ. But, ever since sin entered into the world, and through it, death, there has always been and there will be both rich and poor, innocent men in prison and guilty men who go unpunished... So, without setting aside the literal aspect of the words of Jesus, it is good to especially keep in mind their spiritual aspect.


What do we see today? What are the most serious problems we have? Do we not see that the States themselves favor a situation of chronic spiritual poverty? I shall cite as my principal example all of the laws permitting the rupture of the matrimonial bond, to which may be added the laws permitting people to live together outside of marriage, and even, in certain countries, laws authorizing marriages or unions between homosexuals. I speak of marriage, for marriage was already present at the beginning of Creation, even before the first man and the first woman committed their first sin...


To attack marriage and to seek to destroy it is to want to destroy man altogether. For marriage was already present at the first creation! And the means set into motion to attack marriage are multiple: contraception, abortion, pornography, degrading clothing, in short, all that seeks to reduce spouses to animals made solely for copulating! Is this not great spiritual destitution? Do you not think that the men and women of today desire something else? For the image of God is still there, in them! This image calls out to them and it seeks but to live again in the grace of God!


" «And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.» "


May the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, she who is blessed among women, "bene-dicta in mulieribus", because she is full of grace, always be our guide on the road to Heaven and in our holy hope for the vision of the glorious Christ!


May Christ, already present in his Eucharist, reign in our hearts and call us to him all the days of our life, as on this Sunday, when the priest will invite us to go toward Jesus, saying: "This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to His supper!"




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