I grew up in Christ the King parish in Terrytown, a suburb of New Orleans. Our church was a very humble church parish – one that held mass in a cafeteria for quite some time, until a proper church could be built. Most Catholic churches are named after Mary or one of the saints. As a child, I did not realize the royalty of Jesus for whom our school and church was named. We had as our patron, the King of Kings!
You know, if you read the Old Testament, you see that God did not plan for Israel to be ruled by Kings. Because of the people’s obstinancy, the Lord allowed a king to be named. After the rise and fall of a handful of these kings, Isaiah prophesied the coming of the ultimate King, the very Son of God. I suppose that people envisioned a grand King, with a dazzling, bejeweled crown and dressed in the finest purple fabric – someone who would be rich and powerful.
Along came Jesus, born in a cold stable to poor parents, on the run from those who wished to kill Him. He wore a tunic and sandals – no crown but a crown of thorns. He humbled Himself to share in our very humanity so that He could elevate and sanctify our very existence. He gave His life for our sins so that we may live with Him for all eternity. That’s the kind of King we have – not one who oppresses His people, but one who gives them free will. Truly, He is the King of all Kings!
“…He (God) has many different ways of finding man and even turning his wrong ways into right ways. The feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who know that they are in the hands of the one who writes straight on crooked lines.” Pope Benedict XVI Praise God! Praise God!
Our King loves us so much and is so merciful! The only appropriate response to that great love is to make every effort to return that love, and to love others as He has loved us. The gospel today reminds us that whatever we do for others – listen to them, feed them, clothe them, care for them – we do for our King, Jesus.
I believe with all my heart that the answer for All the world’s problems is for families to truly make Jesus the King of their hearts and homes. When families are strengthened and filled with Christ’s grace, this strengthens society. “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” ― Pope John Paul II.
Happy Feast Day, King Jesus! Thank you for being the King of the Doyle home! We love you and submit all to Your most holy will.