God made promises to Father Abraham and King David. These
promises are revealed in Genesis 22:16-18 and II Kings 7:10-19
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 OF LORDS.
Today you 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 consecration!
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.