Monday, November 21, 2011

Christ gives you strength

So, how many kings can you find out there?

There's Carole King,
an B.B. King,
what about "The Lion King,"
and Don King,
Sacramento Kings,
King Kullen,
Nat King Cole...Unforgettable,
King Lear...Shakespeare,
King of Club's,
King of Spades,
King of Hearts,
King of Diamonds,
and there's Elvis Presley,
The Lord of the Rings...The Return  of the Kings,
Burger King,
Martin Luther King,
King Kong,
Stephen King,
The King of Queens,
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king's horses and all the king's men,
Couldn't put Humpty together again,
That Humpty Dumpty is an egg is not
actually stated in the rhyme.
King Tut,
Larry King,
The King and I,
Congressman Peter King.

Yesterday, the Holy Father considered the reign of Christ the King with the following:
Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you, therefore, to strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ, to be authentically converted to him. He alone gives us the true life and can liberate us for all our fears and sluggishness, from all our anguish. Rediscover the roots of your existence in the baptism which you received and which makes you children of God! May Jesus Christ give you strength to live as Christians and to find ways to transmit generously to new generations what you have received from your fathers in faith!

On this feast day, we rejoice together in the reign of Christ the King over the whole world. He is the one who removes all that hinders reconciliation, justice and peace. We are reminded that true royalty does not consist in a show of power, but in the humility of service; not in the oppression of the weak, but in the ability to protect them and to lead them to life in abundance (cf. Jn 10:10). Christ reigns from the Cross and, with his arms open wide, he embraces all the peoples of the world and draws them into unity. Through the Cross, he breaks down the walls of division, he reconciles us with each other and with the Father. We pray today for the people of Africa, that all may be able to live in justice, peace and the joy of the Kingdom of God (cf. Rom 14:17). With these sentiments I affectionately greet all the English-speaking faithful who have come from Ghana and Nigeria and neighbouring countries. May God bless all of you!