Today the church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King, a feast that concludes the church year. Just as we close out a natural year on December 31st and begin a new year on January 1st, we have a church year which concludes with the feast of Christ the King, today, and begins again with the First Sunday of Advent, next Sunday.
What words do I use to describe JESUS, the KING? Is he our ruler…our Savior…my judge…my healer…our God of everlasting Love and Mercy? How does my outlook on Jesus as King relate to my actions in terms of stewardship?
When He walked on earth, Jesus was a loving, servant king, not a ruler who needed to exercise his power to prove He was the one at the top. Jesus fed the hungry and gave drink to the thirsty. He did not demand that the people provide for his needs or store up treasures to ensure his well-being. Jesus asks us to adopt His interpretation of stewardship.
Stewardship is putting aside the fulfillment of my own needs to become a loving servant to whomever Jesus brings into my life, whether it is the friendly neighbor next door or the one I wish would move away.
May Jesus be our true King;
May each of us be His loving servant.
Sr. Bernadine Janci, SND