Happy Feast Day, Christ the King!
As you all make your way to mass, I pray that your parishes will have a beautiful mass, worthy of our King, Jesus Christ.
The Saint Jose Maria Escriva site has some wonderful quotations from a Feast of Christ the King homily given by the Saint in 1970.
Here are some quotes from the homily:
We are celebrating today the feast of Christ the King. And I do not go outside my role as a priest when I say that if anyone saw Christ’s kingdom in terms of a political program he would not have understood the supernatural purpose of the faith, and he would risk burdening consciences with weights which have nothing to do with Jesus, for his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Let us really love all men; let us love Christ above all; and then we cannot avoid loving the rightful freedom of others, living in harmony with them.
Christ should reign first and foremost in our soul. But how would we reply if he asked us: “How do you go about letting me reign in you?” I would reply that I need lots of his grace. Only that way can my every heartbeat and breath, my least intense look, my most ordinary word, my most basic feeling be transformed into a hosanna to Christ my king.
That is the calling of Christians, that is our apostolic task, the desire which should consume our soul: to make this kingdom of Christ a reality, to eliminate hatred and cruelty, to spread throughout the earth the strong and soothing balm of love. Let us ask our king today to make us collaborate, humbly and fervently, in the divine task of mending what is broken, of saving what is lost, of fixing what man has put out of order, of bringing to his destination whoever has gone off the right road, of reconstructing the harmony of all created things.
I especially love the quote about the apostolic task we have that should consume our souls. Let’s think about that for a while.
Let us not forget that Catholicism is not meant to be hidden away under our mattresses to look at when no one else is looking. We are not to hide our lamp under a bushel. We must spread the Gospel so that all can hear the Gospel.
I leave you with a Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of Christ the King, featuring the propers for the feast day.