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St. John Paul II on the Kingship of Christ | HOMILY

April 12, 2021

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In this homily from Pope Saint John Paul the Great, we are reminded of the Kingship of Christ – a Kingship of eternal life and eternal glory.


To the Kingdom of God, which is not of this world, Jesus invited us to look when he taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come.” Obedient to his command, the apostles, the disciples, and the missionaries of all times have done their best to extend, through evangelization, the boundaries of his kingdom. We must give thanks to God who has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The apostle then explains what Christ’s kingship is: he is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him, all things were created. He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him, all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his Cross. It is through your sorrowful death, King of Eternal Glory, that you obtained eternal life for the nations. Therefore, the whole world calls you King of Humanity. Reign over us, Christ the Lord! Amen.

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