November 25, 2012 – The Solemnity of Christ the King

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The Importance of Mystery & Majesty!  WHO IS JESUS TO YOU?  Is He your friend when times get tough? Is He your Savior? Is He your source of strength when you are weak? Yes, He is that – and so much more!

I remember when I started working in the Church over 10 years ago.  I was 22 years old, and I was the youth minister in my home parish. I was excited about Jesus.  I was excited about serving Him and His people. I could not wait to see what He was going to do in this ministry. But then, guess what happened? LIFE! Parents were getting on my nerves. Volunteers wouldn’t follow through on their responsibilities. My young people wouldn’t commit to certain activities. I would have to cover other people’s jobs/responsibilities. Eventually this caused my ministry to turn into work and my worship to become “ho-hum.” The mystery and majesty of who Jesus was in my life began to be replaced by deadlines and paperwork.

Has something replaced the majesty and mystery of Jesus in your life? Is there a boyfriend or girlfriend who takes priority? Is there a sport or extracurricular activity that is more important? Is your life on social media (pictures you post or status updates you share) contrary to what you are taught in Church? Do you only go to Jesus when you need something? So again I ask:  WHO IS JESUS TO YOU?

In our readings this week of the Solemnity of Christ the King, we see who Jesus is to us. He is a true King and Leader of us all.  He reigns supreme. Sometimes we forget that Jesus is over us. Too many times we treat Him as an equal rather than as our Lord and Savior. Yes, God loved us enough to come down and live as one of us, but He is still God. The worst thing that we can do is forget that. Never forget the 1st Commandment: “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no strange gods before Me.”

My challenge to you this day is to take an inventory of your life and see what “gods” in your life seem to be more important than Jesus. Also, write down how you can serve God better, or treat Him like the King He is.  Never forget God’s true role in your life, and your faith will continue to grow.

Closing Prayer: Dear Lord, We thank you for who You are.  Please continue to watch over us and our lives. Please take care of our family, friends, and communities. Also, we pray for those who have nobody to pray for them. Lord, please forgive us for the times that we fall short of giving You the respect that You deserve as our Lord, King, and Savior. Please continue to guide us to be the children You created us to be, and help us to bring others close to You.  We offer this and any other intentions up in Your precious name. AMEN.

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