As noted yesterday in these ethereal pages, the Kingdom of Christ on earth extends to society as a whole through his enthronement in the hearts, intellects, and wills of men.
Even as Christ informed Pilate that his Kingdom is not of this world, he invited the Roman governor to listen as he fulfilled his mission, to bear witness to the truth—that truth which is the only light by which “every man” must find his path, or go astray (Jn. 18:36-37; 1:8-9).
Pilate’s response—“What is truth?”—foretells his failure to see clearly what Christ offers to reveal. Still, his frank admission to the Jews—“I find no cause in him”—demonstrates his partial grasp on the truth, and tentative willingness to proclaim it in the face of opposition.
Alas, when faced with further resistance, Pilate shamefully gives way. Whereas the saints, whom we commemorate today, take upon themselves the joyful yet sacrificial mission of their Savior: For this were they reborn, and for this did they come into the world, that they should give testimony to the truth.
A testimony all the more precious when it results in an earthly death, which is simultaneously a heavenly birthday.
I hope Dear Reader is able to attend Holy Mass today, or perhaps recite some of the Divine Office, or a chaplet of the rosary, in union with the triumphant hosts of heaven.
To assist in preparing the spirit, might I suggest this, one of the most beautiful Mass settings by one of the greatest composers of Masses, performed by one of the greatest ensembles on the planet today?
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