Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
This coming Sunday it will be the Feast of Jesus Christ the Universal King and it marks the start of the last week of the Church Year.
Jesus is our King, but His kingdom and power is not of this world. He rules and reigns over our hearts in love and gentleness and not by force. He comes to us as a humble king who rode on the back of a donkey into Jerusalem and was crowned not with gold but with thorns. Jesus had no throne on earth but was lifted up to die on a Roman cross. If Jesus is truly our King, then how should we be behave if we are a part of His Kingdom? If we are loyal subjects, how should we be living our lives?
The King will reply, “I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for me!” Matthew 25:40
Our Gospel reading was taken from St Matthew Chapter 25:31-46 ‘The Final Judgement’ and gives us some clues as to how we should try to live if we truly belong to the Kingdom of God. We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit those in prison. This can seem to be an impossible task – we may not know anyone who is sick at the moment or in prison. The important thing is that we are to open our eyes to the needs of all those whom we come into contact with every day – those whom we live and work with, others around us who may come and ask us for help. It is within our power as individuals to help that person right there at that moment. Are we willing to help or do we turn away and say to ourselves it’s up to someone else to help?
This week, let us ask the Lord to open our eyes to the needs of those around us and show us how we can help and care for them. For whatever we do for another person, we are doing that to Jesus.
Perhaps we could consider bringing in an item or two for St Chad’s Sanctuary or the School Christmas Hamper appeal. Whatever we decide to do, we are helping and caring for Jesus as we choose to help and care for our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than we are.
Almighty and merciful God, you break the power of evil and make all things new in your Son Jesus Christ, the King of the universe. May all in heaven and earth acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer taken from www.ewtn.com/devotionals/novena/christking.htm