Solemnity of Christ the King (C)

November 20, 2022

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They Anointed David as King

Christ the King (Year C)

Why would a free, democratic society voluntarily choose to be ruled by a hereditary monarch? That is the crux of the feast of Christ the King. For an answer we have only to look to the nation of Israel in the 11th century B.C. The people of Israel were fiercely independent. They had wrested the land from its inhabitants through local battles, usually without the help of their fellow Israelites. Suddenly this changed when they asked for–demanded–a king. Their first ruler was Saul, a man whose short-comings could have turned them away from a monarch. They persisted, however, and asked David to succeed him.

Part of the answer lies in the unity brought about by a strong, central authority. With a hereditary monarchy, there also lay the probability that the royal heir would be trained in leadership from his youth. The qualities of the father might surely be passed on to the son. Though this might not always be the case, it was a partial guarantee of stability in a region that was highly unstable.

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2 SAMUEL 5:1-3

David is anointed King

  • When the Israelites anoint David as king, they claim him as brother, a condition for kingship required to prevent foreign rule.
  • After the kingship ceased, people longed for the time of David, an age of peace and prosperity.
  • Some people hoped for a renewal of the kingdom. Others were looking for a specific person, a messiah of either kingly or priestly rank.


COLOSSIANS 1:12-20

Give thanks to the Father

  • The Letter to the Colossians presents a different image of kingship.
  • Kingship now involved preeminence over all creation.
  • The kingdom has moved into eternity, and Christ is the first within it.


LUKE 23:35-43

You will be with me in paradise

  • At the crucifixion, Jesus died with the sign nailed over his head, “The King of the Jews.” Jesus did not fit the common image of the anointed king or messiah.
  • In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus promises a place in his kingdom to one of the criminals executed with him.
  • The good thief was promised a place in “Paradise” because Jesus’ death marked the beginning of a new way to salvation..

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