Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

November 25, 2018

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!  (As one of our Mass servers said: “That’s a mouthful!” Yes, it is.  And it says so much just in the title of the Feast. It would be appropriate to offer a homily today questioning whom or what we place as “king” in our lives; to ask to whose authority we submit; if we bow before Christ in our lives.  I’ve preached that homily thirty-five times, I’m sure. But it dawned on me this week, as I was preparing for today’s Feast, that there is something else that must first acknowledge, before any of those questions are asked, something fundamental that must be in place before any questions are asked.  

Because while it might be good for us to contemplate these questions and it would be prudent of us to question what or to whom we give power in our lives, while it might be appropriate to consider if we give Christ the place in our lives that Christ deserves…

….first we have to know this truth: Jesus Christ IS the King of the Universe, of everything and everyone, in all times and all places.  Period. That is a truth whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we believe it or not.    

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.  This truth exists with our without our acknowledgement!  Before burdens are lifted from our shoulders and fears dispelled from our hearts and all our wounds are healed and our sins are forgiven, we have to acknowledge the truth that already is: Christ is the King of the Universe.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away; his kingship shall not be destroyed. We may have a hard time believing that, trusting that, but this truth stands before all time.  Christ’s power brings us into this world and will take us out of this world; Christ’s Kingdom has and will endure all ages, has outlasted any other kingdom in history, and sustains all that is good and right and just.  

And Jesus declares to us, that …everyone who belongs to the truth (already) listens to (my) voice.  That voice remains above any other voice of authority in the world, including the church.  That voice declares dignity upon every person regardless of race or creed or orientation or culture or ability or accomplishment or saintliness or sin.  That voice bestows grace upon every culture, love upon every life and all that has been and will be created. If we submit to that truth first, Jesus declared, we will hear his voice.  

If we do not first acknowledge and submit to that truth, that Christ is King of the Universe, we will not hear his voice; then every other choice in life will be futile, every other decision we make will be made in vain.  That truth makes every other relationship secondary and puts every accomplishment in its humble place.

It’s our starting point.  It means that everything else – every relationship, every political structure and ideology, every invention of science and medicine, every piece of art and every cathedral of faith, every flag that flies over every nation and every towering symbol business will always be second, subservient, beneath that Kingdom.

And here’s the crazy part: One month from today we will celebrate Christmas, the Incarnation of that Truth.  Imagine: the King of the Universe whom we honor today, made a choice to be born a humble, vulnerable, breathing child.  Isn’t – that – just - amazing!?

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