Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kingship of Christ

Have you ever seen a t-shirt that says, “I am a princess/prince because my Father is the King of Kings”? Who or what is the shirt talking about? As Christians, all we have to do is look at the Book of Revelation 19:16, “He has a name written on his cloak and on his thigh, King of kings and Lord of lords,” referring to Jesus. Jesus even had a sign nailed to his cross saying “King of the Jews.”

But do we ever go in deeper to discover what it truly means to call Jesus King of kings and Lord of lords. Is Jesus Christ truly our King and Lord or do we sometimes say out of habit, “Oh, I accept Jesus as my Lord so, I'm saved.” If we claim that He indeed is our Lord and King, should we not place Him first above all other things and model our lives after Him? What are some ways that we can show that Jesus comes first in our lives?

An excellent example for children: doing something nice or our daily chores without having to be told? As an adult, do we care about giving food to the poor, clothing the naked or visiting the sick or shut-ins? How many of us follow Jesus' example by not saying anything harsh to or about others? Refraining from gossip or sacrificing a moment of our time to stop and listen to someone who has had a bad day and needs a friendly ear? Can we be like Jesus in accepting our own sufferings, trials, or even the tiresome and annoying duties of our day?

Thankfully, Jesus our true King and Lord, is patient and merciful to us when we don't always put Him first. He is always ready to give us His love, compassion, mercy and forgiveness. He only asks us to place Him first above all other things, and to allow Him to direct our lives. He only wants what is best for us and to make us happy. Perhaps this type of surrender to God is a bit hard or scary? Yes, of course, because we naturally want to be in control of our own lives. We fail to realize that in surrendering to Jesus, we will be given the ultimate freedom to be the “best version of ourselves”. The one that God has created us to be. Jesus so wants to be a part of our lives and He will continue to pursue us, until we give Him the chance to take the driver's seat.

We are reminded in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #786: “The People of God share in the royal office of Christ. He exercises his kingship by drawing all men to himself through his death and Resurrection. Christ, King and Lord of the universe, made himself the servant of all, for he came "not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." For the Christian, "to reign is to serve him," particularly when serving "the poor and the suffering, in whom the Church recognizes the image of her poor and suffering founder." The People of God fulfills its royal dignity by a life in keeping with its vocation to serve with Christ.”

On this Feast of Christ, Our King, let us truly say; “Jesus Christ is Lord!” by letting go of everything that is ruling our lives and placing all of our love and trust in His most Sacred Heart. “Jesus, I trust in thee.”