The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe
November 23/24 2019
On this Feast of Christ the King, our readings show us that we serve the greatest of Kings, who is at the same time the humblest of Kings. Christ is the perfect model of servant leadership. And it is an incredible privilege that He has called us to be servant leaders, stewards in the work of advancing His Kingdom.
In our second reading, from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, Paul describes the great power and dignity that characterize Christ the King. “All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together.” It makes you want to stand up and cheer. That’s our King!
Yet, what a contrasting description of the same King we find in our Gospel passage, from Luke. Now, we see our King nailed to the Cross. Everyone from rulers to soldiers, to the criminals on either side of Christ, is mocking Him. They tauntingly urge Him to prove His kingship by coming down from the Cross to end His suffering with a great show of power. “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.”
But He does not. Amazingly, it is in this moment of seeming weakness that the full breadth of His greatness as King is displayed. Though all things were created through and for Him; Christ chooses to live entirely for others, for us!
What does this mean for us as His followers and stewards of His kingdom? Precisely, that our lives are not about us. They are about Christ and others. And we will advance his kingdom to the extent that we embrace this mindset: my life is not about me, it is about serving the King of kings.