Today, the last Sunday of the Church year, we celebrate Christ's Kingship and a Kingdom that transcends this world; a celebration which focuses on the pivotal moment of human history when Jesus Christ was crucified and fully revealed boundless mercy and love as the foundations of His Kingdom. We celebrate the one who came to inaugurate among us the Kingdom of God, whose citizens are those who completely surrender and invite Christ to transform them, according to the will of God, into the new creation in Christ.
Christ embodies the whole vision of the Kingdom. A vision which contains our deepest desires for the unseen God and our greatest hopes for perfection. He is the image of the unseen God and man perfected. Through him we are drawn into the divine union which opens to us the mysteries of God and man. Christ, through the cross which is his eternal throne, is the bridge, the ‘Pontifex’ upon which we cross into his kingdom.
It is for each one of us to profess our allegiance to him and to respond daily to His offer to draw us out of darkness into His great light. We, in the same spirit as the repentant criminal who was crucified alongside Christ, are invited to fully acknowledge our guilt and cry out “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom”, to be freed from the chains of sin and purged of its consequences within. Although we cannot remain in sin and be fully free, even in our weakness as we waver between the light and the dark, we who have become the Body of Christ the Church are that visible bridge, ‘pontifex’ and mediator between God and the world.
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.