We simple Catholics yesterday celebrated the Feast of Christ, King of the Universe. Our Faith asks us to believe in such mysteries! But even those who depend on ‘reason’ cannot pretend to be untouched by the ugliness that at times afflicts and oppresses this world we live in as a result of misplaced earthly power, leadership, and authority - including that of the Church.
We believe the Kingdom of Christ to be eternal (past, present, future), universal, non- political.
Down through history, earthly rulers don’t seem to have done much of a job of looking after their subjects. We have had Tamerlane, Ivan the Terrible, Robespierre, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Mao Zedong, Francois Duvalier, Nicolae Ceausescu, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, et cet., et cet. Not to mention our present lot! And we’ve had to cope with secularism, fascism and communism and other ‘isms’ that were not great initiatives for the good of peoples. So Christ, the King and his subjects can’t be that bad.
I love that lovely hymn, The Holy City, which describes the movement from the rule of the Temple in Jerusalem, to the birth, death and Crucifixion of Christ, to the coming of the Kingdom of God.