FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PROCLAIMING JESUS AS KING
November 25, 2012
Solemnity of Christ the King
Pilate told Jesus: “Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.” (Jn 18:35b). Israel, the chosen people of God, rejected Jesus. Today this is what is happening in the world and in the Church.
* The daughters of the Church (Spain, Ireland, France, Italy), the European nations that brought the gospel to the world, have grown cold in faith, and in fact are strongly anti-Christian.
* The Protestant churches have accepted divorce, abortion, same-sex marriage, in contradiction with the authentic teachings of Jesus and commandments of God.
* Some Catholic bishops, clerics and religious have partnered with the most pro-abortion American President to suppress religious freedom.
* Many Catholic laity are agreeing with government officials who are promoting the culture of death.
* There is now an all-out assault by the worldly powers-that-be to weaken or try to destroy the Catholic Church, the very body of Christ on earth.
Pilate was perplexed and asked Jesus, “What have you done?” (Jn 18:35c). Like Pilate, many today are ignorant of what Jesus has really done, who he really is, how important he is to our very lives. Jesus of course is Savior and Lord. He won for us our salvation. He “freed us from our sins by his blood” (Rev 1:5c). We now belong to him. He is our Master and Lord.
Like Pilate, many do not know of his kingship and dominion in the world. They might ask with incredulity, “Then you are a king?” (Jn 18:37a). Yes, indeed, Jesus is King. In fact, he is “ruler of the kings of the earth.” (Rev 1:5b). He is King of kings. Jesus “received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away” (Dn 7:14a-b).
Why then do the nations and powers of the world persist in trying to dethrone Jesus, in taking away his rightful dominion, in ignoring or removing or destroying his kingship, in relegating him to a place of irrelevance in the lives of people?
This now is the importance of the work of the New Evangelization. We need to proclaim Jesus as Savior, Lord and King. “The Lord is king, robed with majesty” (Ps 93:1a).
We need to proclaim how awesome is the Lord. The Lord is Creator, and the world that He created “will surely stand in place, never to be moved.” (Ps 93:1:c). The Lord is almighty and powerful God, “more powerful than the roar of many waters, more powerful than the breakers of the sea, powerful in the heavens is the Lord.” (Ps 93:4). The Lord rules over chaos and rebellion, as represented by the primordial sea (Ps 93:3).
The day will come when King Jesus will return in glory. He will be the “son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven” (Dn 7:13b). Jesus will be “coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him” (Rev 1:7a). Then the world will see that his “decrees are firmly established” (Ps 93:5a), that “his kingship shall not be destroyed” (Dn 7:14c), and that “to him be glory and power forever and ever.” (Rev 1:6b).
In the meantime, we have our work to do. We evangelize. We proclaim the truth of who Jesus is and what he has done for us all. When Pilate asked Jesus if he was the King of the Jews, Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?” (Jn 18:34). Many people including so-called Christians are not acknowledging Jesus as Savior, Lord and King just on their own. They need people like us to tell them about him.
Let us do just that.
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