Today we celebrate the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and it's a day that we proclaim to the world, "Christ is King!" My dear friends in Christ, Jesus is the King of the entire universe, and that means that He is the King of every aspect of our lives.
While there have been some good kings throughout history, many of them turned out to be powerful dictators. Because of that, there's often some hesitancy in our voices as we proclaim "Christ is King." A small voice within us might wonder, "If I allow Christ to be the King of my entire life, am I basically giving Him permission to control and dominate my heart? Am I giving up my freedom to a dictator?"
The beauty of this solemnity is that it reminds us that Christ is not a power-hungry leader, but rather, that "the King of Love, my shepherd is." Jesus Christ is the King of love, who said at the Last Supper, "As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you; abide in My love" (John 15:9). This is a King who desires to transform every aspect of our lives by His love.
Choosing to abide in the King's love is absolutely essential. In the words of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, "it will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." Remaining in God's love is the most important thing that you and I can do as Christians, and we are called to give witness to this life-changing love to the world.
I'd like to close with the story of a Blessed Miguel Pro, a young, Mexican priest who was martyred in 1927 in hatred of the faith. On November 23rd, 1927, as he stood before a firing squad, he opened up his arms like Christ on the Cross, and he exclaimed, "¡Viva Cristo Rey!," which means "Long live Christ the King!" Blessed Pro was a man who lived his entire life proclaiming the message of "Christ the King" to those he encountered, all the way up to the moment of his death. His example shows us that to proclaim the message of Christ is King is to proclaim the message of love.
The world needs to experience the love of the King of the Universe now more than ever, so let's ask for the grace to become witnesses to His love in the world!
-- Fr. Thomas Skaja