24 November 2019
By Stefania Caterina and Fr Tomislav Vlašić
Father Tomislav: Dearest Brothers and Sisters; I wish you happy Feast of Christ the King and I want us all to be in Christ, with Christ and for Christ. In this day we will begin a path that introduces us to the action of Christ in the whole universe.
Today He has spoken to us and we will give you the message as soon as it is copied. He spoke about the Church of the whole Universe that is His Mystical Body; His Church must be His Living Body. It must not be a religious institution; it must live in Christ, for Christ and with Christ.
I want to tell you a few things that relate to today’s readings. In the first reading it says: “All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, ‘We are your own flesh and blood’.” The true Christians must be one body with Christ, one living body, otherwise they are not Christians. This is nothing new. It is new for those who fell asleep after baptism. In baptism we are anointed to be priests, prophets and kings. As long as our priesthood, our prophesy and our royalty in the name of Jesus Christ do not manifest themselves with all their power, we have not reached the Christian life in us.
While it is somehow possible to explain the common priesthood and prophesy, it is more difficult to explain royalty. It means to feel fully governed by the all-powerful God; to already feel taken to heaven in spirit with Jesus; to be rooted in it as St. Paul said in his letter to the Colossians: “Giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
The Christian is the one who feels that Jesus has seriously taken his body and is transforming it, raising it up to the point of resurrecting it, just as He rose. However, that is not all; He wants to take our transformed, glorious body with His glorious Body to let it take part in His fate. This text by Saint Paul is very important. “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness,” and forgiven our sins. He says that Christ is the visible image of an invisible God. In Him we reflect ourselves; He is the truth; He is the light; in Him everything within us is enlightened, that is, all becomes meaningful because we are created through Him for His glory.
“And he is the head of the body, the Church.” Without Him the Church is an organism without head. You know what that means. A Christian that is not united with the Living Christ is without head. Do you understand what this means? It means that He is the Firstborn; however, we are also children of God when we fully join His life to reach the fullness with Him.
I return to the words of St. Michael the Archangel of 29 September 2019, where he reminds us to live our priesthood, to be purified and consecrated to the Holy Spirit. Reflecting on Jesus’ death and the moments of agony, according to the four Gospels, we may recognise if we are truly united with Christ in faith, hope and charity. With Christ, for Christ, we find the source of our life; the source of our healing and the source of our liberation from all sins.
I want to emphasize some points that are of pedagogical and therapeutic importance. St. Matthew and St. Marc wrote Jesus’ words: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Many Christians feel abandoned by God, are hopeless and do not count on Him anymore. This is spiritual despair. However, Jesus was not desperate; He wept and suffered like anyone who suffers. But His faith, His hope, His Love for the Father were unhurt; He was not desperate. But nowadays the Christian feels desperate if he is not united with the One who re-established the relationship of man with the Living God. We can only overcome despair by offering ourselves freely and with love to Christ through the Immaculate Mother.
In today’s Gospel St. Luke speaks about a scene in which the people, the heads, the priests insulted Jesus. Many among the people had witnessed miracles and had received miraculous healings. However, the passage in which Jesus forgives the criminal is interesting for us. One of the criminals insults Him, the other says: “’Don’t you fear God,’ he said, ‘since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, 2Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’”
I want us today to be in Paradise with our spirit. We can do that; we all can be there if we recognise that our sins, the sins of all humanity and our personal sins are the cause of our suffering. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Yes, immediately! Yet, it is important to see that this criminal recognised his guilt: “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Our King never does anything wrong; He loves us and faith in his love widely opens the door to our forgiveness.
These two elements: to recognise our sins and to recognise that Jesus Christ always wants our good and cannot do anything wrong to us, opens the door for our elevation. Without this confession none of us can be elevated. Look, we may be focused on ourselves, on our existence, regretting ourselves and suffering because we were born in that family, in that place, because we did not study, because we are not like the others, because we have some ailments. Yet, we are called to bear all this with Christ, releasing it, giving peace to it and elevating it! This is our priestly, prophetic and royal service. Thus, you may understand that Christ is the Firstborn, generated before all times began, and through Him each one of us is created as an image of Christ. If we offer ourselves unconditionally to Him through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; if we act with Him, He will emerge in us, His fullness will emerge in us. This is what St. Paul wanted to say in his letter. We will participate in the coming great events, but all will pass through us.
In His message Jesus says that He will shine in His Church of the whole Universe and that He will manifest Himself. We know that He will manifest Himself for the second time, and we will be like Him. What does it mean? It means that the whole inner beauty that God thought as He created each one of us will come forth. Through sin we have fallen into slavery; now, if we fully adhere to His life, the spring of life will begin in us and encourage us to move quickly forward until we all enter the new creation.
Here, I want today’s grace to be alive in us, and with this grace we shall begin our journey today. We put our whole life at Jesus’ disposal through the Immaculate Mother. We have two weeks until the Conception to prepare ourselves, and then the Day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be the beginning of our participation in the events that await us in the new liturgical year. This will take place at our portal, the portal of the Face of Mary, in our sanctuaries that are connected to the portal, in the nuclei and in each individual.
We invite all of you who feel and recognise this truth to be closely united with Christ the King in the Holy Spirit, but you shall also be united among you. We are here; whoever wants to approach us, to walk with us, to share with us is welcome. We are with Christ, for Christ and in Christ at all times for you all, with you all, wherever you are, for all those who have said “yes” at the moment of conception to the Lord Jesus and to the Immaculate Mother, and for all those who are of good will and want to join the life of Christ.
We bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
 This is the translation of the audio recording of the reflection on the Feast of Christ the King. Jesus’ message of 24 November 2019 has already been published on 25 November 2019 on: https://towardsthenewcreation.com.
 See Readings of the Feast of Christ the King, Year C: First Reading: 2Sam 5,1-3; Second Reading: Col 1,12-20; Gospel: Lk 23,35-43
 See Mt 27,46; Mc 15,34