Today is officially known as The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This title certainly goes beyond our understanding of earthly kings with their royal power over a certain realm in this one world. Earthly kings may reign over a few square miles or even a nation but what does it mean to say Jesus Christ is “King of the Universe?” It simply means that Jesus reigns over all of creation, both that which is visible and invisible. He is Lord of the heavenly realm where angels adore him; He is Lord of all created things and all things give him glory just by being what they are (the stars and planets and the birds and the animals and all living creatures give him praise by their very being); and He is Lord of us human beings for we have been given the great gift of intellect to know Him and worship him and give him glory through the way we live our lives. Jesus Christ is Lord in a way that no earthly king would ever imagine. He is the King of Love, the King of Mercy, the King of Grace. The Risen Lord Jesus is now present in all things and with all things and through all things. He is Lord and King. Let us bow down and worship!
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