Today we celebrate the great solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This is the last Sunday of the Church’s year which means we focus on the final and glorious things to come! It also means that next Sunday will be the First Sunday of Advent.
When we say Jesus is a king, we mean a few things. First, He is our Shepherd. As our Shepherd He desires to lead us personally as a loving friend would. He wants to enter our lives personally, intimately and carefully, never imposing Himself but always offering Himself as our guide. The difficulty with this is that it’s very easy for us to reject this kind of kingship. As King, Jesus desires to lead every aspect of our lives and lead us in all things. He desires to become the absolute ruler and monarch of our souls. He wants us to come to Him for everything and to become dependent upon Him always. But He will not impose this sort of kingship upon us. We must accept it freely and without reservation. Jesus will only govern our lives if we freely surrender ourselves over to Him. When that happens, though, His Kingdom begins to become established within us! And through us in the world.
A Prayer to Christ the King
O Jesus Christ, we acknowledge You as Universal King.
All that has been made has been created for You.
We renew our Baptismal Vows. We renounce Satan,
his pomp and his works; we promise to live as good Christians.
and, in particular we do pledge ourselves to labour, to the best of our ability,
for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus,
to You do we offer our services. We labour so that all hearts may acknowledge
Your sacred kingship and that thus, the reign of Your peace
may be established throughout the whole universe.
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