Tuesday, October 24, 2006


With the glorious feast of Christ the King, the Church reminds us that Jesus Christ is our Eternal Priest and Universal King. He is Lord and Savior of all. Despite the apparent victory of evil in the world, Jesus Christ will triumph. On the final day, our Divine Savior will have won complete victory over sin, Satan and death. Saint Paul says: "Christ must reign until He has put all enemies under His feet. And the last enemy to be destroyed will be death." (1 Cor 15: 25-26)

The key to today’s liturgy can be found in the Preface of the Mass. The Church prays to the Father: “You anointed your only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, as Priest forever and King of all. He offered Himself on the altar of the Cross as a stainless Victim to appease You so that He might accomplish the mysteries of man’s redemption.

As King, Jesus Christ claims dominion over all mankind. From whom did He claim this dominion? Satan! When our First Parents sinned, man lost son ship with God and the gates of heaven were closed. Mankind thus became subject to the bondage of sin, the dominion of Satan, and the punishment of death. Adam and his descendants came under the dominion of Satan. In His infinite mercy, however, God promised to send a Redeemer. "I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman, between your seed and her seed (Christ). She shall crush your head and you shall lie in wait for her heel.” (Gen 3:15) The Father did not abandon us.

As Eternal Priest, Jesus Christ, on the altar of the Cross, made atonement to the Heavenly Father for the sins of the world. Jesus said: "I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but to do the will of Him Who sent me" (John 6: 38). In perfect conformity to the Father’s Will, He "humbled Himself and became obedient even unto death on the Cross" (Philippians 2: 8). By the power of Christ's redemptive act on the Cross of Calvary, the dominion of the serpent was vanquished and the gates of heaven were opened. Man was again restored to son ship with God. WE ARE SAVED!

If we are faithful to the teachings Our Lord’s Church, we have the sure hope of eternal life in heaven. At the Second Coming of Christ, we will be reunited with our glorified bodies. Then we will see each other as God has always seen us - - - in His own image and likeness. For all eternity, enraptured in the ecstasy of the Beatific Vision we will be united eternally with Christ our King.

The Communion Prayer of today’s Mass is taken from the 28th Psalm: “The Lord shall sit as King forever; the Lord will bless His people in peace.” Lord Jesus, You are the Savior of the world! You are our Eternal Priest and King!

Father Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


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