You all probably remember the scene from the recent Titanic movie where Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet are at the prow of the ship and with arms raised Di Caprio (Jack) shouts that he’s the King of the World. The feast we celebrate in the Church at the close of the Liturgical Year refers not to a historical reality but to spiritual truth. St. Paul, writing to the Colossians, said: “[Christ] is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Col 1:18-20).
Paul writes this because Jesus says in Matthew 28:18 that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. Jesus spoke these words in relation to the Great Commission, as it is called, where he instructs his disciples to go and make [more] disciples, baptizing them and teaching them all that he has taught them during his ministry. The origin of this liturgical celebration (Pope Pius XI, 1925), was to impress upon the peoples of the world that peace comes not only from the cessation of hostility. Rather we, with heart and mind, will and body, committed to Christ and his gospel, live out our communion with Christ in such a way as to make his “kingdom come, [his] will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”