“Restore all things through Christ Jesus.”
We are invited to welcome the King of Love into our lives and allow Jesus to “fix,” “restore,” and “renew” us so that we in turn can be a light to others of the saving power of Christ.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. Jesus is our Savior from sin, Friend of our heart, our Brother in God the Father, and He is our Great and Mighty King. This feast day was established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. He instituted this feast as a means to respond to the growing influence of Secularism and Atheism. The feast of Christ the King falls on the last Sunday of each liturgical year and is meant to inspire us to proclaim His Kingdom to the entire world.
We read in Pope Pius XI encyclical announcing the universal feast day of Christ the King, Quas Primas (In the first…), 33: “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.”
Jesus wants to reign in our minds, wills, hearts, and bodies, to bring us to holiness and union with God. The choice is ours to accept His rule, for He is a good and gentle God who invites us to encounter His Kingdom. A great way to proclaim His Kingship is by the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. When a person, family, school, parish, or business welcomes the loving Reign of Christ by placing an image or a statue in a predominant place, this serves as a holy reminder of the Love that flows from the Sacred Heart.
May we have the courage to live out our faith and share our faith with others. We believe that we too will be with Him in paradise, just as Jesus shared with the Good Thief from the Cross. Let us recall that His Kingdom reigns in our hearts and pours forth to all of society. He rules through Christian love and desires to transform us from the inside out. Jesus invites all people to His Kingdom. He wants to bring Heavenly Peace to our hearts and shed this peace to the entire world. We can discover the joy of following the Great King of the Universe through prayer, the sacraments, and living faith before others.
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