Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King! Do we ever think of our Lord as the King that He truly is? Many times I know I have treated Him disrespectfully, and sometimes I have not even acknowledged His presence in the Tabernacle as I walk on by. This is the day to change all that. Every time we go to Mass we can experience time with a King. Not just any king, but the King of Kings. How cool is that? In our first reading the great prophet Samuel tells us how the Lord shepherds us throughout our lifetime. Recently on PBS I saw footage of a young teen in the Middle East who was a shepherd. He would walk around and around the flock and if a sheep wandered away he would go after it and in a not so gentle way guide it back to the flock. God sometimes does this with us. We too often wander away and God will gently correct us to bring us back to Him. Sometimes the correction is hard but it is all done because He loves us. Parents have to do the same for their children not because they want to inflict correction, but because they love us and want the very best for us. St. Paul continues this thought by reminding us that Christ came to give us all life and that through the incredible power of the Resurrection glory, Jesus has conquered death, which is our greatest fear. Finally, our blessed Lord Himself is on the cross and even here as He is dying for all of us, He receives taunting and torment from the rulers of the nation He longed to save. They repeat the words of satan in the desert…”If you are the Son of God…Save yourself”. If only they had realized who they were talking to they might have repented. Alas they only turn away and go off back to their homes and jobs. We too can be like this. We need to look at the crucifix in a long contemplation and truly realize that his was the “Son of God.When we are baptized, we enter into Christ’s ministry as Priest, Prophet and King. Today we remember and honor this King whom we serve. So take some time this week and do something kind for someone else and then offer it to King Jesus. We serve a God who loves us so much that He became one of us and we have the privilege and honor to have an audience with the King above all Kings, the King of the Universe! Here’s a little tidbit, He longs to have an audience with you as well... Will you give Him one? Something to think about…All Hail Christ the King…May God richly bless you always…
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