"We gather in faith..."

Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis J. Christian


With the Feast of Christ the King which we celebrate this weekend, we come to the

end of the liturgical year of the church. It is fitting on the last Sunday to proclaim

the “last” thing, that is, Christ as Lord and King of the whole of creation. We believe

that one day, in God’s good time, this will come to pass. The world and universe as we

know it will be transformed and Christ will rule in love over everything. What a

wonderful thing to contemplate and to hope for. But while we and perhaps many

generations after us wait for that day, there is a question that it forces us to answer

today. Is Christ truly King of my life? Do I give Him permission to reign in my heart

and my life?

While I make the many decisions I must arrive at each day, do I make them with reference

to His truth, mercy, generosity, and live? Do I ever exclude Him from my family life, my

work life, my school life? This is an old saying that “Christ is King of everything, or

He chooses to be King of nothing”. While that may sound harsh, it captures the reality

that Christ is not truly Lord of our lives if we hold things back from Him. The question

of Sunday mass is a good example of what I mean. When Christ says “Do this in memory of

Me”, He is specifying for His followers the commandment, “Keep holy the Lord’s day”. He

doesn’t say, do this when it is convenient, do it if your child doesn’t have a soccer

game or cheerleading competition, do it when you’re not on vacation or only when it’s not

a perfect day for skiing and the beach. He means that each and every week worship with

the church community must be a joyful priority for us because it is there that He intends

to draw us closed to Himself by word and sacrament. As we reflect on the kingship of

Christ over our own life, let us pray for the grace to let Him truly rule. If we wish to

be counted in His Kingdom at the end, then we must let Him be King now.