Dear People of St. Andrew the Apostle:
Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. This feast brings our liturgical year to an end. Next week we begin a new liturgical year as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent.
Christ is not the type of king we most think of when we think of earthly kings. He was not born in a palace, he did not grow up rich in material things, and he does not possess a throne made from precious woods or metals. No, he was born in poverty, grew up learning a carpenter's trade, and his throne was a cross and his crown was made of thorns. Jesus' kingdom is in the world, but His kingdom is not of this world.
Perhaps the greatest call that we receive from Christ our King is to honor Him in the relationships we have with others. There is much unrest, much violence, much war and much disregard for human dignity in our world.
Our task as followers of Jesus is to meet the escalating violence in our society with an escalation in our love. We are called to step back from our lives and ask ourselves, are we contributing to an escalation of love in our families, amongst our friends, at our schools and workplaces… OR…are we participating in an escalation of violence that threatens the dignity of others?
We can hardly be honest about calling Christ our "King" if He is not the king of our hearts…if we do not allow His love for us to flow through our actions and out to those we encounter each day. We are called to be people of integrity – integrity in what we say, integrity in what we do, an integrity that imitates Jesus' compassion and consideration for others.
May God bless you on this feast of Christ the King.
† Dan DeMerell
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