The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
In the movie The King’s Speech that won several Academy Awards several years ago, there is a scene when King George VI’s speech therapist says to the King that his greatest enemy is neither Adolf Hitler nor the German troops that were attacking English’s soil but rather the King himself because he is afraid to be the King of England.
Today we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King. In the Gospel reading, Jesus calls us to be a witness of his kingship. The essence of the call is not to do some work, but rather to be with the one who calls. We are called to share Christ’s life and to live like him. Jesus the King is the one who identifies himself with hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and incarcerated. Perhaps the greatest enemy for us as the follower of Christ the King is ourselves because we are afraid to identify ourselves with the humblest and the neediest. Do we have the courage to be an ambassador of the Christ the King who rules the universe with his humility?
Grace: An intimate knowledge of the many blessings received, that filled with gratitude for all, I may in all things love and serve the Divine Majesty.
Reflection: In the meditation upon sin, we made reference to Dante’s vision of hell, a cold, desolate place where the fire of love has been extinguished and all lies in a spiritual torpor. This is the perfect image of the heart grown cold to the stirrings of love which God places within it. At the opposite end of Dante’s journey lies a vision that perfectly encapsulates the final meditation of the Spiritual Exercises, the Contemplation to Attain Divine Love. From the lowest reaches of the spiritual universe, Dante ascends to the heights of heaven, where he views “the love that moves the sun and the other stars.” At the heart of the universe lives the Trinitarian God, whose perfect love draws all being into an ordered symphony of praise. Dante feels himself drawn into this harmonic vision through the enflaming of his passions and desires. No one with eyes to see can sit impassively at the vision of God’s love. From the disordered state in which Dante had fallen at the beginning of the poem, he becomes progressively cleansed of his disordered affections through the grace of God and the intercession of Beatrice until finally he is able to pass through the heavens and stand in the presence of God. But notice that Dante only sees God’s depths after he has been interiorly transformed.