Christ the King Sunday: The Social Kingship of Christ

Epistle: Colossians 1:12-20

Gospel: Saint John 18:33-37

This homily was given by a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX).

The idea of freedom of religion directly attacks the truth of the Kingship of Christ. There should be union between Church and State so that the State gives preference to the true religion and forbids public proselytization of false religions. The modern world tries to limit Him to the Church. The truth of Christ the King means error has no rights. This strikes modern ears as being “too much.” This was a question at Vatican II and lead to the document on religious liberty.

There are two standards of reality: objective and subjective. We must conform our conscience, which is subjective, to the objective. Some people cannot know any better and act according to their invincibly erroneous conscience. Some people think they are sinning when they are actually not. “But if the wicked do penance for all his sins which he hath committed, and keep all my commandments, and do judgment, and justice, living he shall live, and shall not die. I will not remember all his iniquities that he hath done: in his justice which he hath wrought, he shall live. Is it my will that a sinner should die, saith the Lord God, and not that he should be converted from his ways, and live?” (Ezechiel 18:21-23). This is the mercy of God. In the public sphere, however, there is no right to promote and practice error. It is murdering souls.

Error has no objective right. The Faith is true whether we believe it or not. It is objective. If we overemphasize sincerity and ignorance, it’s like letting someone eat poisoned food. It will still hurt them either way, even if they are well-intentioned. People can be saved in spite of error, not through it. There is no ignorance of the natural law, however, which cannot be kept without grace. It is theoretically possible to be saved in spite of a false religion, but extremely rare. Because these are exceptional cases, missions are very important. This is why people risk their lives to evangelize because souls are at risk.

This is a very important feast. We cannot pretend that false religions do not damage souls and have a right to error. It is His right as God to be King of all society. It makes sense if we know who He is and what false religion does to the soul. Honor him as King. Conquer the world for Christ with prayer. Ask Him to take this truth to heart for Christ the King and Mary the Immaculate Queen. Love truth and have a zeal for souls.

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