Solemnity of Christ the King
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Today, we celebrate the kingship of Jesus Christ. Dominion and glory are his as he reigns over all people. We learn in our second reading from Revelation that He is the beginning and the end. Jesus tells Pilate in our Gospel reading that His kingdom does not belong to this world. He does not identify himself as king even though Pilate names him a king. Truth is the basis of Jesus’ Kingdom. This is different than that of earthly kings.
As followers of Jesus, we belong to the truth. You and I work to build God’s Kingdom on the truth that He proclaims through love and justice. The Lord’s glory is all around us and in us. We mark this truth as we live. Notice the many ways that the Lord is present around you as you go through this coming week. Take some time to notice the glory of God and breathe in His grace.
The Church chooses to portray the broken king on a cross as a symbol of faith, love, and obedience. Jesus is given many titles that tell us more about him: “faithful witness, the first born of the dead and ruler of the kings on earth.” We join in praising God for the love, glory and splendor of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Our feast today closes the liturgical year. Next week we begin a new year with the Season of Advent a time of waiting in hope.
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Have a blessed week! Fr. Len