Christ a King Now or Later
Published for the Roman Catholic Feast of Christ the King, Nov 20, 2016.
Today, Sunday Nov 20, 2016, is the Feast of Christ the King. Before the New Mass brought in the 70s, the feast was on the last Sunday of October. Today would be Last Judgement Sunday. Christ’s Kingship is postponed until the end of time instead of being effective now in today’s world. Then the Last Judgement is removed from the liturgy for us to be oblivious of it. If we are not reminded of it we won’t worry about it. This sets us up for a rude awakening! The feast is still in the liturgy but changing the dates did that much... The sheep were not told what the shepherds were doing to them.
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was quoted on the significance of this change:
During October the liturgical year is not over and three or four Sundays remain. This signifies the reign of Our Lord over time, over peoples, over all nations. The feast has been transferred to the end of the liturgical year. What does this signify? That Our Lord will reign—certainly He will, oh yes! certainly...He will reign—but at the end of time. Not now. Now, it is impossible. (1)
A few notes about the readings for the feast day. In the Old Mass the Gospel reading was about Jesus answering the question of Kingship to Pilate.
Old Mass Reading: John 18: 33-37
“At that time Pilate said to Jesus: Art Thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of Me? Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered Thee up to me: what hast Thou done? Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: by now my Kingdom is not from hence. Pilate therefore said to Him: Art Thou a King then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest I am a King. For this I was born, and for this came I into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.”
In the Liturgical cycles, Year B retains that reading in modern English. The selection for Year A was intended to be used not to instill Christian charity but to promote a false humanism that is a cover for Marxism.
New Mass Year A Reading: Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The reading for Year C mocks the Kingship of Jesus by putting His throne on the Cross. Obviously insisting on the Cross being the throne of our King makes Christians makes us split-brained at best, if not fools.
New Mass Year C Reading: Luke 23: 35-43
The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, "He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God." Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." Above him there was an inscription that read, "This is the King of the Jews."
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
"Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
The variety of readings for Year A, B, and C was done to accommodate the demands of the enemies of Jesus who want to remove authority and rulership from Him to confer it on themselves. They want to be the arbiters of good vs. evil, of righteousness vs. sinfulness. Our shepherds went as far as to ridicule the kingship of Jesus by interpreting the Bible to equate it with His martyrdom.
Michael Davies wrote this about what happened to the Kingship of Jesus. He was describing the actions of the leaders of the French Revolution whose ideologies took over Christian civilization. This is evident with the rights that nations now confer on themselves and on individuals.
A revolution is best defined as the forcible overthrow of an established government, and this is precisely what they did. They overthrew the Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ in favor of what is rightly termed a heresy that authority resides in the will of the majority—the heresy that is the source of all the evils in society today. (2)
If we only look at the Feast of Christ the King, nasty tricks were played on the Catholic faithful. Then there are all the substantive modifications made, among others, to change the Mass from a propitiatory sacrifice to a meal. This forces us to recognize that what was done to the Mass was more significant than a mere update. There was a deliberate agenda to influence our Faith. There is more to the Tridentine Old Mass compared to the New Mass than most of us are aware. Catholics should take advantage of the opportunity to make the Old Mass more widely available while we still can. While we are at it, if we believe in the Kingship of Christ we should overcome the learned political correctness, and the brainwashing of revolutionaries to make that Kingship a reality in our society.
1. Davies, Michael. The Reign of Christ the King in Both Public and Private Life. Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., Rockford, Illinois, 1992, p. 26.
2. Ibid., p. 8.
3. Davies, Michael. The Reign of Christ the King. http://www.remnantnewspaper.com/Archives/archive-christ_the_king.htm
Catholics Get a New Mass. https://catholicorsomethingelse.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/catholics-get-a-new-mass
Catholics Demote the Eucharist to Promote the Bible. https://catholicorsomethingelse.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/catholics-demote-the-eucharist-to-promote-the-bible
Evolving Catholic Doctrine. https://catholicorsomethingelse.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/evolving-catholic-doctrine
Mixing up Catholic Identity. https://catholicorsomethingelse.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/mixing-up-catholic-identity