November 22, 2015 – The Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This is the last Sunday in our liturgical calendar, and next week we begin a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent – preparing for the coming of Jesus in the Nativity. Our liturgical calendar is a pilgrimage with Jesus from the beginning to the end and back to the beginning again. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” Revelations 1:8

Today we proclaim that Jesus Christ is King, but does He reign in our hearts? Is Jesus the chief authority that directs our decisions? Is He truly the ruler of our lives?

I had a conversation the other day with some friends about motivation. We talked about our habits and our decisions, why we choose what we choose and what motivates us to make these decisions. I kept thinking about the three H’s – Head, Heart & Hands. What I learn through my head, touches my heart, and moves my hands to take action.

How do we ensure that Christ is King over our lives? We must know Him. Be inspired by His Word and His life through the scriptures. Spend time with Him through the Sacraments. Pray without ceasing. Call upon His Spirit to touch our hearts and fill them with His love. We are then called to action, to see Him in every face, to serve and to lead others to His Kingdom.

Simple, yet challenging.

Jesus, You are Christ the King, the Lord of all, the almighty One. We pray that our minds are always open to Your authority. May You rule over our lives and may Your love reign in our hearts. Help remove the distractions of this world that pull us away from You. May the Holy Spirit grant us wisdom and courage to bear the fruits of hope, faith, and love to all that we encounter. Lead us into Your heavenly Kingdom. May we proclaim Your glory through our service to others forever and always! Amen.

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