During this period of global conflict and political unrest, even here in the United States of America, it is important that we remember to celebrate today’s Solemnity of Christ the King. I was reminded yesterday of a praise and worship song, Jesus We Enthrone You. It is an invitation and dare I say, an offering permission for Christ to reign in our hearts. The challenge is that whether we allow Him to reign in our hearts or not, He is still King. He needs neither our permission nor our consent. Whether we recognize his authority or not is not a question of “if” but “when”.
I know this is a foreign concept to our American sensibilities but it is nevertheless proper to His right as the Rex Genitum (King of all nations). The ancient phrase: “Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat!” or “Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands!” is always true; everywhere and at all times.
Some misunderstand the Christian life as a invitation to be His subject but the truth remains that we are his subject whether we like it or not. The Christian life is actually an invitation to recognize His authority and then, through Baptism, reign with Him as His sons and daughters.
Today, let us remember to give Christ His due. May you receive His reign in joy and peace.