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Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

November 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Meditations, Solemnity

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe*

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Thy Kingdom Come!

The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Savior, does not come for all to see; nor shall they say: Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is, but the kingdom of God is within us (cf Luke 17:20-21), for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart (cf Deuteronomy 30:14). Thus it is clear that he who prays for the coming of God’s kingdom prays rightly to have it within himself, that there it may grow and bear fruit and become perfect. For God reigns in each of his holy ones. Anyone who is holy obeys the spiritual laws of God, who dwells in him as in a well-ordered city. The Father is present in the perfect soul, and with him, Christ reigns, according to the words: We shall come to him and make our home with him (cf John 14:23).

Thus the kingdom of God within us, as we continue to make progress, will reach its highest point when the Apostle’s words are fulfilled, and Christ, having subjected all his enemies to himself, will hand over his kingdom to God the Father (cf 1 Corinthians 15:24), that God may be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:28). Therefore, let us pray unceasingly with that disposition of soul which the Word may make divine, saying to our Father who is in heaven: Hallowed by thy name; thy kingdom come (Matthew 6:10).

Note this too about the kingdom of God. It is not a sharing of justice with iniquity, nor a society of light with darkness, nor a meeting of Christ with Belial (cf 2 Corinthians 6:14-15). The kingdom of God cannot exist alongside the reign of sin.

Therefore, if we wish God to reign in us, in no way should sin reign in our mortal body (cf Romans 6:12); rather we should mortify our members which are upon the earth (cf Colossians 3:5) and bear fruit in the Spirit. There should be in us a kind of spiritual paradise where God may walk and be our sole ruler with his Christ. In us, the Lord will sit at the right hand of that spiritual power which we wish to receive. And he will sit there until all his enemies who are within us become his footstool (cf Hebrews 10:13), and every principality, power, and virtue in us is cast out.

All this can happen in each one of us, and the last enemy, death, can be destroyed; then Christ will say in us: O death, where is your sting? O hell, where is your victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55) And so, what is corruptible in us must be clothed in holiness and incorruptibility (cf 1 Corinthians 15:54); and what is mortal must be clothed, now that death has been conquered, in the Father’s immortality. Then God will reign in us, and we shall enjoy even now the blessings of rebirth and resurrection.

* From a notebook On Prayer by Origen (185-232 A.D.), priest, Second Reading, Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe.

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  • Jeanette

    From the book Divine Intimacy by Fr Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen O.C.D. on the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King:

    “Jesus is our King in the full sense of the word: He has created us, redeemed us, vivified us by His grace, He nourishes us with His Flesh and Blood, He governs us with love, and by love He draws us to Himself. In the face of such considerations, the cry of St. Paul rises spontaneously from our heart: ‘Giving thanks to God the Father…who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption…the remission of our sins.'”

  • Patricia

    Perhaps the writings St. Elizabeth of the Trinity are the most recent examples that authentically exemplfy this concept of the Kingdom of God existing in the soul that today’s posting portrays with such beautiful expression and insight.
    Some may think that this could not happen for them. A major step if one wants to place his/her soul under to the reign of Christ, is to make an intentional committment to stop sinning because as this posting states, “The kingdom of God cannot exist alongside the reign of sin.”

    • LizEst

      Excellent thoughts, Patricia! Indeed this reminded me precisely of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. So timely for our world today! God bless you.

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  • Phil Regan

    Remember that the Good Thief had many sins – yet due to his admission of his own sinful nature and declaration of his Faith of Our Lords Kingship “,,, remember me in your Kingdom “… Jesus took him to Paradise that day – so in a way it is not simply Sin which prevents entry to the Kingdom – but lack of Faith in Jesus himself.

  • marybernadette

    I was at a Holy Hour which was part of the “closing of the Holy Door” for the conclusion of the ‘Year of Mercy.” It was organized by the beautiful ”Sisters of Life”there Mission ,”Bringing Christ’s Love and Mercy to a thirsting world.” There where about ten Priests available for Confession and it was wonderful to see so many people go. There were also touching Testimonies of the Love and Mercy of God in people’slives and the Divine Mercy Novena. Today’s Gospel on Feast of Christ the King, exemplifies this Amazing God who is “crazy in Love” with each one of us, His Love and Mercy knows no bounds.

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