Feast of Christ the King

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat

“And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.”

Matthew 28:18
Statue of Christ the King

In his Encyclical of December 11, 1925, Pope Pius XI denounced the great modern heresy of secularism. It refuses to recognize the rights of God and His Christ over persons and over society itself, as though God did not exist.

And so this day emphatically proclaims who we follow! Christ our King! A leader who sets the example for all in that He never asks us to do anything that He himself has not already done first. It is for this that we can be assured of receiving the crown of life if we follow Him!

But above all, it is true of the most tremendous issue; of that tragedy which has created the divine comedy of our creed. Nothing short of the extreme and strong and startling doctrine of the divinity of Christ will give that particular effect that can truly stir the popular sense like a trumpet; the idea, of the king himself serving in the ranks like a common soldier. By making that figure merely human we make that story much less human. We take away the point of the story which actually pierces humanity; the point of the story which is quite literally the point of a spear. It does not especially humanize the universe to say that good and wise men can die for their opinions; any more than it would be any sort of uproariously popular news in an army that good soldiers may easily get killed. It is no news that King Leonidas is dead any more than that Queen Anne is dead; and men did not wait for Christianity to be men, in the full sense of being heroes. But if we are describing, for the moment, the atmosphere of what is generous and popular and even picturesque, any knowledge of human nature will tell us that no sufferings of the sons of men, or even of the servants of God, strike the same note as the notion of the master suffering instead of his servants. And this is given by the theological and emphatically not by the scientific deity. No mysterious monarch, hidden in his starry pavilion at the base of the cosmic campaign, is in the least like that celestial chivalry of the Captain who carries his five wounds in the front of battle.
-G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, 1925

“The cross cannot be defeated. For it is Defeat.”
― G.K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross

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