God made promises
to Father Abraham and King David. These promises are revealed in Genesis
22:16-18 and II Kings 7:10-19 respectively:
By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord: because thou hast done this
thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake: I will bless
thee, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand
that is by the sea shore: thy seed shall possess the gates of their enemies.
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou
hast obeyed my voice.
II Kings 7:10-19
And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and I will plant them, and
they shall dwell therein, and shall be disturbed no more: neither shall the
children of iniquity afflict them any more as they did before, from the day
that I appointed judges over my people Israel: and I will give thee rest
from all thy enemies. And the Lord foretelleth to thee, that the Lord will
make thee a house. And when thy days shall be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep
with thy fathers, I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed
out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house
to my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will
be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son: and if he commit any iniquity,
I will correct him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children
of men. But my mercy I will not take away from him, as I took it from Saul,
whom I removed from before my face. And thy house shall be faithful, and
thy kingdom for ever before thy face, and thy throne shall be firm for ever.
According to all these words and according to all this vision, so did Nathan
speak to David.
And David went in, and sat before the Lord, and said: Who am I, O Lord God,
and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far? But yet this hath
seemed little in thy sight, O Lord God, unless thou didst also speak of the
house of thy servant for a long time to come: for this is the law of Adam,
O Lord God.
are fulfilled in Christ, Who is King of Israel ("Christ" means "Anointed
One," and the anointing referred to is the anointing King David received).
Our Lord, though, is not only the ruler of the restored Davidic Kingdom (the
Church), but is the King of Kings -- the King of All. The only way for peace
to have a chance in this world is for all to see Him for Who He is: the King
before Whom we must bow and Whom we must obey.
Though this Feast is a new one, promulgated by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in his
Encyclical Quas Primas, it is a most
awesome and important one! Vive Christus Rex!
On this day, we pray for the conversion of all to Christ, and for all governments
to recognize Him as King and conform their laws to His teachings. This is
the only way to peace!
And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp two-edged sword, that with it he
may strike the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he
treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God the Almighty.
And he hath on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD
Today may receive
a plenary indulgence by praying the Consecration of the Human Race to the
Sacred Heart, going to Confession, and receiving the Eucharist. We beg God
to bring all people to Him and to be our King. Read more about this on the
page about Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There
will be a Benediction of
the Blessed Sacrament after Mass, too.
If you haven't
consecrated your home by Enthronement of the
Sacred Heart, today is another perfect day to do so! If you've already
done so, it is a good day to renew the
See also the
Queenship of Mary (31 May).
Note: In the Novus
Ordo, this Feast was moved from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday
of the Season after Pentecost, which is the Sunday before Advent Sunday.
The effect of this is to interrupt the relationship between the reign of
Christ with His Saints, who are commemorated en masse on 1 November, and
the necessity of our recognizing His Kingship now, during this "thousand
years" of the Church Age. With the Feast moved to the very last Sunday in
the Time After Pentecost, it leads one to believe that Christ isn't King
now, and that all persons and nations don't need to recognize Him
as King now -- but that He will be recognized as King only at the
end of time when He reveals Himself at His Second Advent. In other words,
the moving of the Feast symbolically defeats the very purpose of the
Feast, which is to not only honor the very fact of His Kingship, but to pray
for the conversion of all people and nations to His Church so that souls
will be saved and the social order will conform to the moral law.