Today is the Feast of Christ the King and the last Sunday of the Liturgical year. Next Sunday, we begin the new Liturgical year with the season of Advent. It is worthwhile to reflect on this feast and what it means our families in the new year.
When we are baptized, we are anointed to share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal offices of Jesus Christ. It is relatively easy for us to understand Jesus’ role as priest. He intercedes for and offers sacrifice for the people of God. He gave God glory by laying down His life willing for our salvation. Like Him, we are called to give our whole life over to God the Father in gratitude and complete trust.
However, it is difficult for us to relate to Christ as king. Most of us have a poor image of kings because they tend to be self-serving, enslaving their subjects. Christ on the other hand, is a servant-leader. He epitomizes the biblical view of kingship which has three primary responsibilities: