Jesus is Christ the King because “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” We follow Him and name Him King because He is the truth. This had to be confusing to Pilate because Jesus did not claim royal lineage or military power and might, but He claimed a kingship based on His being a witness to the truth. What is this truth? God loves the world; God wants all persons to love Him; God loved us so much He became human, God wants us to act always in mercy and love.
Our liturgical year “crescendos” in this Feast of Christ the King. We celebrate a different kind of king—one Pilate and many others don’t understand then or now—a king who “testifies to the truth.” There are no “alternative facts” in our truth as believers: you either believe and act in love as you are called to do, or you are a hypocrite. We are called to walk the walk—not to just talk the talk.
The beauty of our Catholic Christian faith is how we celebrate this truth about God in our whole liturgical year. Our liturgical year helps us to seek the truth, to rediscover and deepen this truth of Jesus Christ every day. We start our year next weekend with Advent: we are encouraged to listen; to wait expectantly for that voice that summons us to a deeper awareness of God who entered our human history as a baby. In Christmas we celebrate the Gospel of Jesus born into the world to save us; He is the manifestation in flesh of God.
We follow a path of prayer, penance and self-giving during Lent to prepare ourselves for the great Paschal mystery of Easter. At Pentecost we renew our belief in the activity of the Holy Spirit in our world, and our empowerment as Christ’s Disciples. In the long stint of Ordinary Time after Pentecost, we try to delve more deeply into the truths of our beliefs and to find them present in our daily lives and choices.
So, who is your King? To what do you testify? What is your truth? The truth about God must enter us and possess all aspects of our lives. We gather each weekend of our liturgical year to celebrate and to remember that we belong to the truth, and that we acknowledge Jesus as King of our hearts and minds and all that is created. As we celebrate this Feast today, pray that we may live and witness the truth of Christ, our King. Strive for that sincerity of action, character, and utterance every day and always. Be “truth” in the world.