November 24, 2013
Have you noticed these letters on the crucifix “INRI”? The acronymINRIrepresents the Latin inscription:IesusNazarenus,RexIudaeorum, in English reads as "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews". But some people argue:
There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black:
- He called everyone "brother."
- He liked the Gospel.
- He couldn't get a fair trial.
Then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish:
- He went into His Father's business.
- He lived at home until he was 33.
- He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his Mother was sure he was God.
Then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus wasItalian:
- He talked with his hands.
- He had wine with every meal.
- He used olive oil.
Then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Irish:
- He never got married.
- He was always telling stories.
- He loved green pastures.
But the most compelling evidence of all - 3 proofs that Jesus was a woman:
- He fed a crowd at a moment's notice when there was no food.
- He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn't get it.
- And even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was work to do.
Pope Pius XIhad different idea. He called Jesus: universal King. The year was 1925. It was the time when all Europe had nightmare memories of what they called then “The Great War.” It had been an explosion of hatred, blindness, a torrent of blood that wiped out a whole generation of Europeans. There were many who believed that there could be no more war; it costs too much. Yet there was something happening that did not look good for the future.
A disfigurement of a cross was ready to lurch across Germany. In Russia, a great ideal was being destroyed by tyrant, corruption and mismanagement. It was then that Pope Pius instituted the Feast of Christ the King. It was a feast with prayers and readings in which people would hear of another ideal. Through the sound of bands, marching and hate filled speeches, whispers another message: justice, peace, community and love.
Describing Christ as King of the universe means that all things are his and that he will come to take creation. We belong to him and we have to let him reign over us. Here is the word of pope Pius:
“The annual and universal celebration of the feast of the kingship of Christ is very much calculated to fix people's attention on, and remedy in some way, the public revolt from Christ that may be traced to secularism to the great ruin of society. While nations insult the sweet name of our redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we ought all the more loudly acclaim it, and all the more universally affirm the rights conferred on him by his royal dignity and power... We earnestly hope that the feast of the kingship of Christ, which in future will be yearly observed, may hasten the return of society to our loving Saviour.
"It would be the duty of Catholics to do all they can to bring about this happy result. If the faithful would generally understand that it is their duty to fight bravely and continually, under the banner of Christ, their King, then with apostolic zeal, they would endeavour to win over to our Lord those who are estranged from him or know him not, and would endeavour to maintain his rights intact."
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