Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Christ the King! A difficult concept for us to understand here in the United States, where we have a President and Congress, elected by the people. But Christ's kingship is of a different order. We are citizens of our respective countries, but also followers of this divine King, who told Pontius Pilate in the Gospel of the solemnity, "My kingdom does not belong to this world...my kingdom is not here." (John 18:36) But He adds, when Pilate presses him, "Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." (John 18:37) The kingdom of Christ is founded on truth, and those who hear His voice, belong to his kingdom, invisible though it may be at the present time. Daniel prophesied,"...all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed." (Daniel 7:14) And in Revelation John writes again, "Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth." (Revelation 1:5) He is true and faithful in all things. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. With such a King, we do not need to fear any earthly power. We know Christ has won the final victory! In the image above, we see St. Michael the Archangel standing behind Christ, sword in hand. It is fitting, because he is the angel whose name means, "Who is like God?" God is, God alone, the eternal King and ruler of all peoples, nations, times, and seasons. To him be glory forever!