The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
As we collectively recover from our holiday weekend of feasting, our church year draws to a close this week and this weekend we celebrate the Kingship of Jesus. The title of today’s feast, “The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe,” sounds ominous, colossal, and almost like something out of a superhero comic book. In reality, we celebrate that Jesus is Lord: he has power over us. We make ourselves subject to him… we listen to his words, we follow his example, and we accept what he offers us. His power is exercised in mercy and tenderness. That is the beauty of the mystery of our God, who can be both powerful and merciful at the same time!
This weekend’s scripture readings point to that dichotomy: the power of Jesus is exercised in tenderness as a shepherd tends his sheep, and his judgment is exercised in the works of mercy. Our faith gives us similar power to love, to be merciful and charitable, and so to affect change in our world.
The Season of Advent doesn’t begin until next weekend, but our Advent outreach ministries are in full swing already. In the midst of the frenzy of activity of the coming weeks, I encourage you to keep in mind why we do what we do for the celebration of Christmas. It is easy to get swept up and lose sight of “the reason for the season.” Our charity is one way we can keep focus, because Jesus himself inspires such acts of selflessness in us.