Our Indifference Hurts Jesus the Most

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

Many people are becoming forgetful about so many things, particularly about God. How many of us still remember the truth that "the earth is the Lord’s and all it holds, the world and those who dwell in it" (Ps. 24:1)? Everything comes from God, even the dirt that we stand on.

This global forgetfulness is the reason behind the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King. It was Pope Pius XI who instituted this feast. Everywhere the Pope looked, he saw human societies abandoning Christian values as they try to build a world independent from God and based solely on human powers and resources. With this dark backdrop in mind, he instituted this feast to remind the world that Jesus is the true King, and He is the only hope for the salvation of the world. This feast is all the more necessary in our time. It is said that when you reject someone, at least you still consider him as an existent being. But when you ignore him, it simply means he does not anymore exist in your life. This is what is happening in the world nowadays. People do not anymore reject God; they simply ignore Him. In today’s world, it is our indifference that is hurting Jesus the most.

The Gospel on this Solemnity of Christ the King intends to shake us from our smug complacency and indifference: "What you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for Me. Depart from Me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mt. 25:41).

This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Every Sunday for the entire liturgical year, we have heard the teachings and miracles of Jesus. It has been clearly illustrated to us, with the dominance of evidence, that Jesus is God, and that He reigns as King of the entire universe for all eternity. On this last Sunday, we are asked to make a decision: are we going to serve our King?

An affirmative response to this question may be easy to give, but it entails serious resolutions and hard decisions. Among these are to make God the priority in our life; to worship and adore the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist; to set apart a meaningful time for prayer and scriptural reflection every day; to reject all teachings and beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that are contrary to the Gospel; to love and serve Jesus in the poor and the needy among us.                   

Let us pray that the Lord may grant us all the graces we need to become true and loyal followers and servants of Jesus, the eternal King.

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