Who is your false king?
"You say I am a king.
For this I was born
and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth
listens to my voice."
One of the things one hears on the Solemnity of Christ the King, celebrated yesterday, is that kingship is not a meaningful concept for people in today’s world.
It is a rather condescending and very erroneous criticism: everyone knows the basic idea of kingship.
What people fail to recognize are the de facto kings in their own modern lives.
These are false kings, leading them in directions that are ultimately destructive.
Many are ruled by the false king of pleasure.
Some are ruled by the false king of ambition and worldly achievement.
Some are ruled by the false king of distorted science.
Some are ruled by more than one false king.
In the Gospel for yesterday’s Solemnity of Christ the King (John18:33b-37), our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ affirms that His kingship is exercised in testifying to the Truth.
May you and I be good subjects of Christ: the one true King, the King of Truth itself.