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Kingly People In Christ

Christ the King
A king is a person who has supreme authority over a territory. The territory involves the land, people and things. A king thus have great responsibility to grow his people.
The very word of "king" or "queen" involves others.

Jesus is spoken of as king in the gospels
  • Gabriel announce Mary that the Lord God would give her son the throne of David his father, and he would rule over the house of Jacob forever.

  • Magi looked for a newborn king of the Jews.

  • When Jesus last entered Jerusalem, the crowd hailed him as a king.

  • He was arrested for making himself king, and the soldiers mocked him as one with a purple robe and a crown of thorns.

  • When Pilate asked if he was the king of the Jews, Jesus replied, "You say so", and he clarified, "My kingdom does not belong to this world"(Jn 18:36). This reflects the way we are to live in this world.

  • The charge written against Jesus was "Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews".

  • Jesus announced the Kingdom of God (Mk 14:1) Repent the Kingdom of God id close at hand.

  • His mission was to have God's reign in the hearts of all and to have peace and justice in the world. You will never rule justice if God is not in your life.

  • Jesus exercise his royal office by serving.

  • After his resurrection, Jesus was given by God the Father far greater authority over the church and over the universe (Eph 1:19-22)
    We are running a race and we will certainly enjoy this same reward.

    Jesus said "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me" (Mt 28:18).
    "Go therefore make disciples of all nations"

    "For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For God has put all things in subjection under his feet"(1 Cor 15:25)

    Jesus will return to earth in power and great glory to reign;
    "You will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Mt 26:64)

    "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow..." (Phil 2:9-10)

    We Share in the Kingship of Christ
    We share in part now in the kingly reign of Christ, since we have been raised with him to the heavenly places:

    "But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through out trespasses, made us alive together with Christ..."
    (Eph 2:4-6)

    Sharing in Jesus' Governance:
  • The Pope and the Bishops in union with him have the primary responsibility for governing the Church and in so doing participate in Jesus' Kingship.

  • All lay Catholic men and women through baptism also share in the Church's governance.

  • Those who are involved in various campus, parish ministries and other church related organisations aid in the governance of the Church so that all it does promotes the good of all its members and society at large.

  • To Share in Jesus' Governance means being:
    To participate in the Mission of Christ
  • A Participatory Church

  • A Collaborative Church

  • A Co-responsible Church

  • A Prophetic Church

  • The Pastoral Emphasis of building up the neighborhood Christian Communities.
    Nobody must be left out.

    Two aspect in particular in which the laity shares in Jesus' kingship:
    1) Family Life

    The ordering of family life, by its very nature, involves the living out of Christian principles and the making of rules that embody those principles.

    Governance of one's family will involve an environment of our day, a great deal of wisdom, patience, courage and fortitude.

    Parents participate in Jesus' ministry of governance and so they share in His Spirit-filled authority and power, an authority and power that is exercised in love and proper discipline.

    Especially important for fathers of families. Fathers abdicate their paternal authority to their wives and this is to the detriment of their children.
    It is the primary responsibly of fathers to teach their sons to be Christian men of integrity and honesty and who respect not only their mothers but all women.
    To raise up Christian men and women is the noblest task of Christian fathers and mothers.

    2) The Temporal Order
    Catholic men and women must engage in temporal affairs and directing them according to God's will.

    By virtue of baptism, they have the responsibility for the right ordering of society according to Gospel principles and Church's social teaching.

    We are engaging in a cultural war. A culture of death is waging a relentless war against the culture of life.
    Which battle one engages will depend on one's talents and graces. Everyone baptised must respond to this conflict.

    You were commissioned by Christ to fight this battle when you were confirmed and it was there that you were given the strength and courage of the Holy Spirit. Too much is at stake to stand by idly as the forces of evil vigorously rob us.

    Make the world safe for the unborn, the sick, the elderly, the poor, the needy and dying. Protection of the family to ensure that it is in accord with human nature itself as God intended in creating men and women.

    Formation of young people to live to win the future for the Lord Jesus.

    Category: Faith
    Category: Wisdom
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    Quote from Rev Mgr Eugene Vaz
    Gospel of Matthew Graduate

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