This is also the joy of Advent, and that of every day: Jesus is very near us. He is nearer every day. And St Paul gives us the key to understanding the origin of any unhappiness we may feel: it comes from our putting a distance between ourselves and God, through our sins, through tepidity.
We are not only precursors, we are also witnesses to Christ. Together with the grace of Baptism and Confirmation, we have received the honourable duty of making our faith in Christ known through our words and our deeds.
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom...
The Lord will reign for ever and will give his people the gift of peace. These are the words of today’s Communion Antiphon.
The Solemnity of Christ the King is as it were a synthesis of the entire salvific mystery. This feast brings the liturgical year to a close. Over the past months we have celebrated the mysteries of the life of the Lord.