I’ve always heard it called ‘Christ the King Sunday’. In the missal though, this Sunday is titled in caps, ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe’. And rightly so. King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus is the ultimate King, over everything.
Eight years ago, my husband and I took our 4 boys on a trip to Colorado. We headed down to Southern California to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s family, then trekked east through Arizona. Sunday morning we were in Flagstaff, not too far from the Grand Canyon, which happened to have a chapel in the National Park. Perfect! The Grand Canyon and Mass on a beautiful Sunday. At the checkpoint we told the ranger we would be attending church in the park, and he let us in for free! Can it get any better? Yes, actually. We pulled up to the Cristo Rey Chapel, which means Christ the King in Spanish, and of course, this was on Christ the King Sunday. I could hear the harp music playing as God smiled down on our family.
We would be gone for nearly 3 weeks, enduring snow storms and sickness, visiting beautiful friends and family, and gazing upon the Lord’s amazing creation. We saw some amazing wonders of God as we traveled through His universe – the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, the Rocky Mountains, the old homestead of my husband’s great-grandmother, which is now part of a national monument, and of course wonderful friends and family.
The wonders of God are all around us, whether we see them or not. It’s easy to see the hand of God in geological features such as the Grand Canyon, but what about the everyday life? Where is the awesomeness of God there? God is awesome in the fragile infant, cradled in his mother’s joyful arms. God is awesome in the toothless smile of the 6 year old girl telling a knock-knock joke. God is awesome in the teenage brother helping his little sister out of the car. God is awesome in the twinkling eyes of a grandmother admiring her grandchild’s coloring. God is awesome in the aching hands of the single mother washing dishes. God is awesome in the frostbit toes of the homeless man huddled in the bus stop shelter. God is awesome in the orderly covering the Alzheimer’s patient with a blanket. God is awesome in His angels and in His saints!
Christ is King always and everywhere, now and forever. How can we let Him reign as King? We must make way for His coming, bow down to Him in worship, and serve the Lord in our humility. It is not OUR universe; we are not in charge. This life we hold so dear, is so precious to God, because it is His. We belong to Him, and as His loyal subjects, we must obey His command, love His reign, and serve our Lord with all we are.
As we prepare for Christ’s coming, (only 5 weeks away!) let us bend our wills to His, conforming to His will. Let our desire be for Christ to be our King, to rule over our hearts, minds, and souls, now and forever.