Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ , King of the Universe
(Established by Pope Pius XI in 1925)
If we could survey 100 people with the question: “What is your concept of a king”? What kind of answers might we get? If you, Christians, were asked what kind of king Jesus is and what is the nature of his kingship, how would you answer?
Pope Pius XI explained:
“If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ.
He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone.
He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.”
Let us not allow our habitual sins to reign in our soul. Let us invite Jesus to reign there especially through heartfelt acts of prayer and the frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as it truly cleanses our soul from the effects of sin before we receive Jesus worthily in the Holy Eucharist.
If we know that the nature of the kingdom of Christ is a kingdom of truth and life, holiness and grace, justice, love and peace, what can we do to cooperate with Jesus in his establishment on earth? Jesus is a king who does not come to dominate us with his power but to love us with the tenderness of a good shepherd who loves each one of his sheep.
If we want to enter Heaven, let us then visit Jesus by visiting the lonely and those struggling who are in need, let us visit the sick and feed the hungry and perhaps for example, also consider
becoming an active member of St Vincent de Paul or the Legion of Mary. Let us make an act of faith while visiting by hearing Jesus saying: “I was hungry and you gave me food…”(Mt 25)