Brenda and I attended St. Michael's Catholic Church in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina on the Sunday after Thanksgiving 2018 which is the 34th Sunday in Ordinary time and the Sunday before Advent. It's The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This is our first November as Catholics since we came into the Church at the Easter Vigil 2018.
Before I get into a few thoughts about The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe based on what the Priest said at Mass in his homily and other thoughts, I wanted to share this link: Introducing the Feast of Christ the King an encyclical by Pope Pius XI - 1925. In addition, here is a link on USCCB and another on USCCB that you may find helpful.
I come from a Protestant background, but I have believed since a young age that Jesus Christ is King of Kings and His Kingdom is everlasting. The Priest ( Very Rev. Edward W. Fitzgerald, JCL, VF Pastor ) reminded us that we have Christ inside us and that we must let Christ work through us in our thoughts, in our words and in our actions.
Imagine if every professing Christian ( me included of course ) truly allowed Christ to rule our every thought, our every word and our every action. I bolded every for emphasis. Imagine what a world it would be if EVERY, I mean EVERY, thought, word and action were truly guided by Christ who is inside every Christian.
Is Christ truly, 100%, the King of every Christians life? Many professing Christians would say, "YES, Christ is King of my life." However, how well do we live that in our lives?
Catholics should have an advantage through the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Are we truly living our Catholic faith in EVERY way possible? Don't just go through the motions. That's not what Christ wants of any Christian. Christ is not looking for people to check the box and move on to the next task.
One of the closings to the Mass is "Go in peace, glorifying the Lord with your life." I challenge all reading this who profess Christ as Savior and King of your life to seek to glorify God with your life ( and YES, I include myself in this challenge ).
It's time for action......
If you are a Catholic Christian, live the Catholic faith to the fullest. Put Christ truly first in your life. Don't be a box checker.
If you are not a Catholic Christian, I encourage you to consider the Catholic Christian faith. Start by visiting a local Catholic Church, reach out to the parish ( church ) office, find a Catholic who lives their faith, visit Catholic.com and listen to Called To Communion on EWTN. All of these ways are a great way to get started.
If you don't profess to be a Christian, repent of your sins, turn to Christ as Savior and see the paragraph above. The reality is that Christ knows your heart and knows if you are truly seeking Him. It doesn't take a bunch of fancy words to begin the journey. The key is to begin the journey with a sincere desire to let Christ be KING OF YOUR LIFE.