Commentary on the Gospel of
Paul visualises Jesus Christ handing over the kingdom to God the Father at the end of time. This ideal kingdom is not something merely hoped for as a future gift, but something being worked for by Christians in the present time. The kingdom is indeed to be hoped for, but somehow it is also in our midst, in the process of becoming. He brings a different kind of rule, a rule where boundless mercy trumps self-righteous justice.
If Christ is really King of my life, he must be King of every part of my life, and I must let him reign all aspects of my life: over our bodies, our thoughts, our heart and our will. So, we are called to bear witness to him, knowing that whatever we do to others we do to him. We are reminded today to reach out and love the enemy and the stranger alike, to forgive unconditionally, and be compassionate to the needy and support one another in prayer. He is the King who serves and we are called not to be served, but to serve. Jesus our King has only one command and all those who honour him, obey it: “Love one another as I have loved you.”