On Sunday, November 21st, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. I’m sure you’ll agree that the title of this celebration is impressive. Jesus Christ, who is our Friend, our Brother, and our Savior, is also the Incarnate Son of God and King of the Universe. His kingdom is described by one of the prayers of this Sunday’s Mass as “an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.” We are mem- bers of this kingdom!
It would be a good meditation for us to look at our lives and ask how the qualities of Christ’s kingdom are present: truth, life, holiness, grace, justice, love, and peace. The more we cultivate these qualities, the greater is our worship of Christ, our God and King. It is also good to ask questions such as the following: Is Christ the King of my thoughts? Is Christ the King of my attitudes? Is Christ the King of my words? Is Christ the King of my actions? Our worship of Christ the King takes its value from the impact it has on our lives.
On a different note, as I was finishing this letter to you I received the sad news that our youth minister, Laura Schuberg, is leaving her position. I am very sad to see her go, and I am sure you will join me in thanking her for seven years of devoted service to the youth of our parish. Let’s offer grateful prayers for her, and also let’s pray for guidance as we search for a new youth minister. May Christ the King reward you, Laura, for your wonderful ministry in our parish!