One of the things I appreciate about the Catholic faith is our attention to the really important things, like celebrations. Every day we celebrate the lives of saints, the events of Jesus’s life, and the dedications of great churches. I’m sure that list is incomplete. I’ve noticed that by celebrating these great feasts, I am learning more about Jesus, life in the early church and how we practice our great Catholic faith on a worldly scale.
Today is the feast of “Christ the King.” Technically it is written as “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.” I’m not sure why we minimized the name but I prefer the dramatic title over the shortened version. It was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI as a response to growing secularism in the world. History seems to repeat itself, as they say.
So my thought today is, if I am supposed to honor Jesus as my “King,” is he worthy of that distinction in my life? Or better yet, am I a worthy subject of the king? Is my allegiance to him adequate?
I plan to use this Advent season (which starts in a week, y’all) to study the life of Jesus Christ. Yes, I think I know a lot about him, and I can tell you that the Gospel of Mark is my favorite, so I’ll start with re-reading it as if it were a movie script. Mark’s gospel is fast paced and easy to understand. Next, I’m going to read “Rediscover Jesus” by Matthew Kelly. It’s been sitting around for 2 years so it’s about time to get that done.
If I’m going to call Jesus my King, I should MEAN it, and ACT like it. What about you?