Solemnity of Christ the King
This week in the readings we celebrate Christ as King. How cool is that! There are many times throughout the year when I love being a Catholic and this is one of them. In Hebrew many of the Jewish prayers contain the phrase, “Blessed art thou oh Lord our God King of the universe." I love to celebrate our Lord as King. I think it is because that is the way I feel He should be treated. Sometimes I see our Lord treated so poorly in the media, in society and sometimes even in our Churches. Do we realize who it is we are addressing in our prayers and in our worship?
I know there have been times in my own life when I have not shown my Lord the respect and honor He deserves. It is then even a greater mystery unfolds from this King of galaxies and creator of all. The mystery is this; that He humbled Himself to become one of us and as if that was not enough, He taught us of Heavenly things, He established His Church, and then He gave up His very life in the ultimate act of love for us.
Do we ever take time to really contemplate this? That is why I love this day, for it provides us the opportunity to address God as the King He is and to wonder at the child He became. Think about it, the Eternal One stepped into time. The one who created the Heavens was able to gaze up and look upon them as He sat in His Mama Mary’s lap.
Love, wisdom and God’s own word took on flesh and dwelt among us. He did not demand Earthly platitudes normally given to kings and rulers. He did not force people into submission as a dictator might. No, instead He went through our human experience and showed us God’s wisdom and love in person, and last of all He conquered man’s greatest fear even death itself in His glorious resurrection.
So this week, think about these things. Try giving our Lord a little extra respect and perhaps think of Him as the King He is and all of the wonderful things He has done for you. If you do these things, kneeling will come easier, your praises will be louder, and you can join all of creation in proclaiming Jesus Christ is Lord and King of the Universe. Let Him reign in you this very day! Something to ponder. May God richly bless you always!