November 24, 2013
Today we celebrate the final Sunday of the liturgical year, the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. We conclude our calendar by looking at the conclusion of all things: the beginning of eternity!
It's striking that today's Gospel focuses on a moment in Christ's life when He was least understood as king: his final words on the Cross. The title of "King of the Jews" was placed above His head as a mockery from the Romans and an offense to the Jewish leaders.
And yet Christ did not come to demand attention and honors. Even in the final hours of His death, He offered consolation and mercy: "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." He offers the same to us.
In contrast, Christ in His second coming will be His day of glory - where we will be expected to be ready, to offer Him honor and glory! And although we do not know the day or the hour, we know the day will come.
Are you ready? What might it take to be made ready?
As Advent begins, we will be offering more opportunities than ever before for confession and prayer together beyond our normal weekend celebrations. It is a wonderful time to examine our lives, to see not only the faults that we know need correction but to hear Christ's invitation: to come join him in Paradise! May we be sure to respond to that invitation, allowing the King of the Universe to first be king of our hearts.
Your Brother in Christ,