We live in a ‘humpty-dumpty world’, a broken world. Millions slaughtered by their own kind, mass migration of refugees across the globe, disease ravaging continents, and the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor are some signs of the cruel joke. ‘All the king’s men’ – the kings of science, technology, economics, politics and even religion – ‘could not put Humpty together again’.
There is only one King who can bring fulfillment and that is Christ the King, raised from the dead. He will rescue his sheep from all the places where they have been scattered: by disease, starvation, war and oppressive authority. Those baptized into the life and death of Christ are called to share kingship with Jesus the Good Shepherd who seeks and rescues the lost sheep.
We are called to be kings of a ‘humpty-dumpty’ world. We are the King’s men and women putting Humpty together again, restoring life not as the kings and queens of illusion would have it, but as Christ the King would have it. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me”.
With the new liturgical year soon upon us – a time of new beginnings – let us make a stronger commitment to respond with care and compassion to those around us and work for more just world.
Anthony Chezzi, Sudbury, ON