SOLEMNITY OF JESUS CHRIST, KING AND LORD OF THE UNIVERSE:
Allow Jesus to reign in you
“Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’…Jesus answered, ‘My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.’ Pilate said to him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth’ (John 18, 33.36).”
Our Lord Jesus Christ was born in order to reign. However, he came to establish his Kingdom not through the force of a conqueror or of a tyrant but through the goodness and meekness of a Shepherd: “I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark (Ez 34:11-12).”
It is not a political kingdom but something which transcends this world: “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace (Preface of Christ the King)” which has already begun in this world and will find its culmination in His Glorious Coming during the Final Judgment.
Though His Kingdom goes beyond this world, His rule has already begun when each man and woman allows Him to reign in his soul…in his life. Jesus wants to reign in the world, but “how shall Christ reign in the world? By allowing Him to reign in each one of us. And how will He reign in each one of us? By reigning in each of our actions, our desires, our thoughts (St. Josemaría, ‘Morir para reinar’).”
Dear friends, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, let us direct ourselves to Our Lord who is knocking at the door of our heart and soul, without any coercion on His part, but with the utmost respect of our freedom: “My child, will you give me your heart? Will you allow me to reign in your thoughts, desires, in your life?”
“Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe; grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise (Opening Prayer, Mass of the Solemnity of Christ the King).”
Have a great weekend, friends! May God bless you and your loved ones and be in your hearts, thoughts, words and deeds!
-Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei, CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR HOLINESS. We are also in Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/CatholicsstrivingforHoliness. Hope you like our page and invite your friends as well to do so in order to help more people.
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