In 1925, Pope Pius XI established the Feast of Christ the King to combat the growth of secular and atheistic thinking around the world. Anyone who believes that humanity would manage just fine without God has already fallen prey to this disturbing philosophy. Much of the brutality that plagues our society is evidenced in the behavior of those who have given God to an insignificant role or no role at all in their lives.
When we kick God out of our lives our world becomes more dangerous and turbulent because we begin to worship the false gods of power, money and fame. In his letter to the Christians, St. James said, “Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice” (James 3:16.) In addition, when we forget God’s Word, there will be a spiritual void in our lives. People will try to fill this emptiness by emulating other people as models and heroes.
Pope Pius XI pointed out that Jesus Christ is King and Lord of our happiness. He said, “Oh, what happiness would be ours if all peoples and nations would let themselves be governed by Christ!”
In John 18:36, Jesus said that His Kingdom is not of this world. When he visited the United States, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged us to pray for the coming of Christ the King. He also told us to be “constantly alert for the signs of its presence, and working for its growth in every sector of society.” Remember, each time we recite the Lord’s Prayer we say, “Thy Kingdom Come…”
O Jesus Christ, I acknowledge you as universal King. All that has been made has been created for You. Exercise all Your rights over me. I renew my Baptismal Vows. I renounce Satan, his show and his works; I promise to live as a good Christian. And, in particular do I pledge myself to labor, to the best of my ability, for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, to You do I offer my poor services, laboring that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred kingship, and that thus the reign of Your peace be established throughout the whole universe. Amen.