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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Sunday, November 25, 2018
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Christ, King of the Universe

We celebrate today that Christ is King of the universe, thus ending the liturgical year. I have been thinking for some time about what this solemnity means for us Catholics living in a democratic republic, and one where there is a separation between church and state.

Over the years, the Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment's Establishment Clause as it applies or not to expressions of religion in the various realms of public life. While the Founding Fathers wanted to protect religious liberty, some parishioners I have talked to, perceive a certain social pressure to keep their religion always private. For example, many Catholics feel embarrassed to even make the sign of the cross before saying grace in a restaurant, or to speak about their faith to coworkers.

Although it may seem banal to state the obvious, today’s solemnity of Christ the King reminds us that our primary commitment is to God. We are first and foremost citizens of God’s Heavenly City. The Founding Fathers of the nation intended a nation built on liberty and justice, but as St. Augustine says, “there is no justice save in that commonwealth whose founder and ruler is Christ.”

When the question of cooperation and involvement with the Roman Empire came up in the 4th Century once Christianity was no longer outlawed, the option taken by the Church was that one could be both a good citizen and a good Christian. May God help us to view everything as pragmatic to best serve the cause of Christ.

God Bless, Fr. Carlos, O.S.A.

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