The story is told about a husband who was boasting to his friends: “You know, in my house I am the king, and whenever my wife and I have a quarrel, my wife does the kneeling!” Upon overhearing this, the wife said: “You know why I kneel? I kneel to look for him under our bed where he is hiding!”
Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King. Jesus reminds us that He, and He alone, is our King. Those of us who consider ourselves as kings, or act as wannabe kings would do well to remember that on judgment day, we have to face Christ and be judged, not so much by our power, wealth, stature, knowledge or success we have achieved but by the good deeds and love we have done to one another.
The Lord is not going to ask us: How many times did you go to Mass, or how many times you spent in adoration, how many times you receive communion or how many rosaries did you pray? The Lord is going to ask us, where were you when I was hungry? Where were you when I was thirsty? Where were you when I was lonely? Where were you when I was imprisoned? Where were you when I was knocking at your door asking for help? Because the Lord is going to say to us whatever you do to the least of your brothers and sisters, you do it to me.
We have seen it before, and we see it again: No one stays at the top forever. How futile are all our human efforts to hold on to power and influence and hold on to life itself! Those who think of themselves or make of themselves kings or queens will sooner or later find out that earthly glory is passing, and worldly power is fleeting. Save yourself and your family the trouble. The sooner you stop playing God, the better.
The Koreans have a beautiful custom of not harvesting all the fruits of a tree in autumn so that the birds will have something to eat in the forthcoming cold winter. This surely is an example worth emulating. They consider the needs of the helpless and the little ones. How much more should we, so-called Christians! We must be considerate, thoughtful, sensitive to the needs of the people around us, and respond generously. As subjects of Christ, the King of the universe, we must be on the lookout for ways and means to carry out His marching orders to serve people, and to preserve Mother Nature.
Christmas is just around the corner. As we busy ourselves making Christmas happen in our own homes, please set aside something to make Christmas happen in the lives of other people. Remember the words of the Lord in today’s Gospel: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for Me.”
May we learn to be open, obedient, and docile to our King. Otherwise, what can happen is that we think we are, but we are not really serving Him.
Lord, my King, help me to serve you truly, fully, humbly, and joyfully while I am living. Amen.