Christ the King

He shall be called son of the most high ... he shall rule over the house of jacob ... and his kingdom shall have no end  (Luke 1: 32, 33). Jesus was declared a king already at the time of his conception. Mary was given sure knowledge from heaven that her son had a special relation of sonship to the most high God and that royalty attached to his person by virtue of God's decree. Luke was deeply impressed with our Lord's royal character and depicts him as king quite explicitly, especially in the passion narrative.

Christ himself made it clear that his kingship is not of this world. If he is truly king of earth as well as of heaven, yet his manner of ruling is far different from that of earthly rulers. His authority derives from the Spirit and it is over hearts and minds that he rules, through faith, trust and love. His style of exercising authority is at variance with the manner of the kings and rulers of nations. He came to serve, even to give his life for those over whom he would rule. He seeks nothing for himself; rather it is for the good of his subjects that he is our leader, and for the glory of God, his Father.

To serve Christ the King is to obey him from the heart, and to obey him from the heart is to grow in freedom and to realize our true independence from all that enslaves us in this life. Such obedience to his word, his inspirations and to the teachings of his Church practiced in faith and with love is the best way to honor Christ as our King. As we commemorate his kingship on this last day of the Church Year, let us resolve to pay him the tribute of our free will and to make our life a constant service of his glory by obeying him in all things and by cooperating with one another in carrying out his will day by day, Thus we shall witness to our society that Christ the King is the sole hero who can satisfy the human need for a model whose life passes into ours and brings it to its proper completeness.