This week we celebrate the Reign of Christ as the final act in our liturgical calendar. Next week we begin again as we enter into a season of hopeful anticipation and waiting in the Advent Season. But first, we rejoice that Christ is King of all Creation. The feast of Christ the King was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius X to celebrate the Jubilee year and the 16th centenary of the Council of Nicea. It reminds us of whose we are and the astounding price Jesus paid for us.
Because of Christ, we are adopted as children of God and future citizens and heirs of the Kingdom of God. More than that, in Christ we shown a model of Kingship that the world has never known or understood. One that doesn’t hold power over others in a bid to have our own needs met. Instead we have a model of Kingship characterized by love and truth telling, which Christ has shown to be more powerful than any other model of power we see evidenced in our world.
We are given one ‘rule’ to follow in this Kingship of Christ and that is to love the Lord your God with all of your being and to love others as you would love yourself. This compels us to model the same love we have received from Christ to others. One that is compassionate, kind, honest, forgiving and unconditional to the best of our ability. May you know the peace of Christ this week.