The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, commonly referred to as the Feast of Christ the King, is a relatively recent addition to the Western liturgical calendar, having been instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI for the Roman Catholic Church calling on humanity to submit once more to the authority of Christ.. In 1970 its observance was moved to the final Sunday of Ordinary Time.
This year’s (2017) celebration, proper and befitting reverence was given to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. John Danugawe from Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri was full of jubilation and praises to God for answering his prayers. Below is what he said…
I had been living with rheumatoid arthritis in every joint of my body since I was 34 years old. My doctors first put me on pain killers, which only lasted a couple of months before I had to get something stronger. I went to several doctors before one finally told me that I have a chronic illness and I should not be on pain killers. I had to learn to manage the pain in order to keep from becoming addicted to pain killers. The first three years were the worse. I walked with a cane most of the time, but finally got to a point where I just dealt with the pain and accepted it as a part of my life. When I heard you talking about the young man who had lived his life in deep pain it really pierced something deep inside me. I knew at that moment that I would not be able to fulfill God’s calling on my life until I surrendered everything to Him, including this illness. The moment the blessed Scarament was lifted up by our priest I could feel God’s love for me in new intense way. I felt like a wave come over me that then drained from my head down through my toes. I could no longer feel my joints – which I was always so aware of because of the pain! Being able to walk without pain for the first time in 21 years was priceless! If God had only given me just the time I spent there on Christ the King Sunday procession, I would have been forever grateful. But God is so good and so faithful – I sprung out of bed this morning like a baby. GLORY TO GOD!!! Thank you Lord Jesus, King of Kings, I love you. God Bless.
By Gloria Anams