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CHRIST THE KING: HE POSSESSES DOMINION OVER ALL CREATURES

CHRIST THE KING: HE POSSESSES DOMINION OVER ALL CREATURES

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… And the source from which this power and dignity of our Lord is established, Cyril of Alexandria fittingly indicates: “He possesses dominion, if I may use the word, over all creatures, a dominion not seized by violence, nor usurped from anyone, but his by essence and nature.” It is evident that his dominion is gloriously manifested in that marvellous union, which is called hypostatic. From this it follows, not only that Christ is to be adored as God by angels and by men, but that angels and men are obedient and subject to his dominion as man. Indeed, that even by the doctrine of the hypostatic union alone, Christ possesses power over all created things.

And now, that we may explain in a few words the import and the nature of his headship, it is hardly necessary to say that it consists in a threefold power. If this power were lacking, the headship could scarcely be discerned. The testimonies deduced and announced in the sacred Scriptures concerning the universal dominion of our Redeemer make that very thing more than clear enough. And it is an article of the Catholic faith, that Christ Jesus was given to mankind especially as a Redeemer for those who put their faith in him, but at the same time as a lawgiver for those who obey him.

And not only do the Gospels relate that he established laws, but they exhibit him in the act of establishing laws. Truly, whosoever shall keep these commandments, are said by the divine Master, in other passages and in other words, to demonstrate their love for him, and to intend to remain in his love. Jesus himself announces the judiciary power assigned to him by the Father, when accused by the Jews of having broken the Sabbath day of rest by the miraculous cure of a sick man: “For neither does the Father judge any man, but has given all judgment to the Son.” And therein is included (because the case is inseparable from the judgment) that by his law he may confer rewards and punishments upon men still living. But, moreover, that power, which is called executive power, is to be attributed to Christ, seeing that it is necessary that all men obey his rule. Indeed, it is made clear to the refractory by the imposition of penalties, which no man can escape.

– From the Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas, December 11, 1925, from: An Approved Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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CHRIST THE KING: HIS CHARITY SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

CHRIST THE KING: HIS CHARITY SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

… It has long been a common custom to give Christ the metaphorical title of King, because of the right degree of perfection whereby he excels and surpasses all created beings. For as it is the case, that he is said to reign in the souls of men, not so much by reason of the keenness of his intellect and the extent of his knowledge, as that he himself is the Truth; so it is from him that truth must be drawn, and obediently received by all mankind. He reigns, likewise, in the wills of men, since not only does the integrity and the obedience of the human will accord exactly and precisely with the holiness of the divine will in him, but also by his grace and inspiration, he substitutes this for our free will, whereby we may be enkindled to every noblest deed. In a word, Christ is acknowledged as the King of hearts, on account of his charity which surpasses understanding, and of his mercy and kindness, which draw to him the souls of men. Never has it happened that anyone has been loved as much at any time as Christ Jesus is loved by so many different races, never will it happen in time to come that anyone shall be so loved. But, if we ponder this matter more deeply, we cannot but see, that the title and the power of a King is rightly claimed for Christ as a man, in the strict and proper sense of the word. For, only so far as he is man, can he be said to have received the power and the glory and the kingdom from the Father, seeing that the Word of God, which is of the same substance as the Father, cannot fail to have all things in common with the Father, and therefore has in itself the highest and most absolute dominion over all things created.

– From the Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas, December 11, 1925, from: An Approved Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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