BENEDICT XVI: ANGELUS, "CHOOSING CHRIST DOES NOT GUARANTEE SUCCESS, BUT PEACE AND JOY"

"The title of ‘king’ referred to Jesus is very important in the Gospels and allows a complete reading of both his figure and his mission of salvation", explained Pope Benedict XVI yesterday morning as he spoke of Jesus Christ, the King of the universe, before praying the Angelus on St Peter’s Square. The Feast that we celebrate on the last Sunday of the liturgical year is "a celebration of relatively recent introduction, but it has deep biblical and theological roots". We can see a progress in this regard: "first there is the expression ‘King of the Jews’ and then that of ‘universal King’, Lord of the cosmos and of history, so far beyond the expectation of the Jewish people themselves". "At the very heart of this process in which the kingship of Jesus Christ is revealed – said the Pope – there is, once again, the mystery of his death and resurrection". "The cross – he added – is the paradoxical sign of his royalty which marks the victory of the loving will of God the Father over disobedience and sin. It is by giving up Himself as a sacrifice of expiation that Jesus becomes universal King". But what really is the regal "power" of Jesus? "It is not that of the kings and great of this world", explained the Pope. "It is the divine power to give eternal life, to free us from evil, to defeat the dominion of death".

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