Feast of Christ the King 2020
Thy Kingdom Come!
Dear friends, family, and members of all of our Regnum Christi spirituality,
Christ the King feast day, in a particular way for us, is our battle cry! Our spirituality is imbued with the central Ignatian Spiritual Exercises theme in the meditation “The Call of the Kingdom”. Let us each go back into our own personal experience of the “when, where, how, what and why” my response to Christ our King became a commitment to rally to the most glorious standard of the Cross.
The joy of those generations of saints, martyrs, confessors, and virgins who forsook any concession to anything less than proclaiming the gospel in season and out of season through word, witness and action, is the joy in Christ’s Kingdom we too have as our inheritance. Joy is the hallmark of Regnum Christi, for though our endeavour in Calgary is a costly mission for our time, effort, and perseverance, we hold steadfast to our conviction that our hope will not end in disappointment. Jesus Christ has conquered the world, He has destroyed sin and death and opened the doors to the Kingdom of Heaven for you, I, and many! We believe, with St Paul, that the sufferings of this present age are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed to us.
So today my Regnum Christi family, I ask of you as Joshua beckoned the tribes of Israel called by the Lord God to enter into the Promise Land: Who is for the Lord? And who of you is with me? “For as for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Let us all remember the sacred history which encompasses us here and now in the present reality of our lives. Joshua’s appeal to God’s Chosen People, was a call to action, a renewal in the identity of God’s particular love for them, a living memory of the great signs and wonders of His Providence; all of which required a response! The Call of the Kingdom is not a thoughtful gesture to sporadically volunteer or show up based upon ‘my personal’ convenience. Christ’s Call is for us a transformation from my “old man/woman” born of sin and death, to “no longer it is I who live in me, but Christ”. Just as the twelves tribes crossing into the Promise Land, ceased to be tribes and in serving now the Lord became a Holy Nation unto God, a light for all nations, and would be judged for this mission, so too we in Regnum Christi have been ‘chosen’ to extend the Kingdom of Christ in our locality. If we bear the name, Regnum Christi, the mission now is not my Section Director’s, nor my Team Leader’s but “mine”! The Kingdom of Christ in Calgary stands or falls on my unwavering “yes” to Christ’s Call of the Kingdom.
I pray, my brothers and sisters in our Regnum Christi spiritual family, that we each wrestle in prayer our discernment of my evangelization role. Am I living my vocation with the zeal as the saints, martyrs, confessors, and virgins poured out their lives as a living libation for the sake of the Kingdom of Christ to come ‘on earth’ as it is in heaven? We all are susceptible to losing the vision and mission of our call, within the minutia of excuses to be dismissed for our very human struggles with team life, home, work, and the attraction to conform to the wide and spacious way of this present age. Be courageous! Remember the glory of the saints came at a great cost, yet their hope was not an illusion.
There are always many good reasons, to excuse ourselves from our Encounters, from the inconveniences of participating in strategic meetings for our apostolate vision and showing up to serve. The enemy of our human nature has an endless list of excuses to dismiss us from the Call of the Kingdom. At the end of time, this present age will be judged and we all will see the value of our ‘Fundamental Election’, that choice to serve the Lord as first, which governs over every daily choice in my life. One thing we all are quite aware of in this present age is that the hour of Cancel culture, Death wish to the beginning and natural end of life, Identity politics, Sexual dysphoria, and Secular Material Atheism have filled the vacuum left by the excuses to be dismissed today from the Call of the Kingdom. Our children and grandchildren will reap, what we have sown in this present age. In eternity we shall see all our choices for the wise or foolish value they truly are. This is why today’s feast day is all about us, and our personal response to Christ’s Call of the Kingdom.
Be not afraid! Fear, like excuses, can only restrain us from serving the Kingdom inasmuch as we take our eyes off the awe and wonderment of our Lord and God. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rm 8:38-39). You and I are called to do greater things in the Name of the Lord, than the impoverished limitations of our fear-based thinking. I implore you today, to be audacious in your prayer to ask our King to send you out of your “upper room” and into the public square where His Name is not known, revered, and reigns. I am His Kingdom, and I am His Will on earth as it is in Heaven. I only need to ask this of Him. Beg of Him to not leave you the same man or woman today, as you were yesterday. Sanctity is our only option, the Cross in my life is our standard we boast in, and we interlock our arms with our Regnum Christi family as we are sent forth as His labourers into the harvest. “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.” (Jn 16:24)
Finally, brothers and sisters of the Kingdom, an appeal to support the economy of our formation, apostolate outreach, and structural organization for our locality. St Paul, who is one of our patron saints for Regnum Christi, was well aware that the mysteries of God are in the midst of the daily realities of our life; hence his epistles are replete with supplications to the various Churches for financial support, each according to their respective means. We are blessed as a locality to have well-formed Spiritual Guides presently studying for certification among other institutes at Divine Mercy University (VA), Marian Servant of Divine Providence (FL), Avila Institute (CO), and Heart of Christ (MI). We offer financial support to RC members to be able to participate in our Spiritual Exercises, international formation conventions, and our RC Mission Corps program. The Legionaries are imminently moving towards the acquisition of a residence, in addition to the home, more Legionaries and RC Missionary men to extend our apostolate footprint. These are among a few of the financial endeavours our locality economy depends upon the commitment of all our members.
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Giving thanks to each one of you and in all things, to our Lord Christ the King, may He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you!
In Jesus Name,
Fr. Daniel Wilson, LC