Who is the ruler and king of your life? Is it a particular vice or action or sin that keeps your eyes closed from seeing the true beauty and goodness of our Lord and King Jesus who came to rule in a different kind of way? If we recall, the greatest commandment that Jesus gave us while on earth when answering the teachers of the law is to “love the Lord your God with all your soul, mind and all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
Today the Catholic church recalls Jesus Christ as being the Lord and King of the Universe (both earth and heaven). It is so easy to get caught up in the limited vision of life here on earth and forget our true calling as disciples of Jesus. Life can be messy and is filled with strife, anxiety, vice/sin, and a world that is far from perfect. Being able to prepare for the feast of the Advent season that follows where we empty ourselves and reflect on the 1st coming of Jesus as a lowly baby born in a manger is quite a different perspective compared to our typical image of earthly kings. After all, Jesus was not born to a wealthy earthly king in a castle crib, but to a carpenter from Nazareth, and to a lowly woman named Mary who was chosen to bear the new ark of the covenant. The ending of this great story of our salvation is also remarkable in that this God made man king was brought forth to suffer, and die for our transgressions having shed his blood for the salvation of all mankind.
On this day, let us humbly and prayerfully reflect on how we can ask Jesus to come into our life and be the ruler of our heart and very soul. May we be transformed by our King’s ruling benevolence and love He has to bring about peace and joy to his chosen people.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen