Christ the King!!!!!
1 Samuel 8; “Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” 6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, 7 and the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. 9 Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”
God went on to reveal to the nation of Israel, through the prophet Samuel the negative consequences of rejecting Him as their king in favor of the world. He revealed that the earthly king would take everything from them for his use and for his wealth. Even with the warning from God not to reject Him in favor of an earthly king, the people still cried out, “(v 19,20) we are determined to have a king over us, 20 so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
As we celebrate the Solemnity of ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe’ we see the antithesis of the above story. We see not a king that will take from the people, but the TRUE King that gives and gives all that He has and is, for our salvation, by mounting his ‘thrown’ with His ‘Crown, not of gold, but of thorns’ and spent his entire life for our salvation.
The parallel with our present society and that of the Israelites is that we continue to reject God in favor of the world and the false promises of this world. As a people, we reject the teaching of the church in favor of the social trends of the day. We spend more time on social media, texting, snapchat, Instagram, more time watching YouTube videos, than we do in prayer or learning about God’s unconditional love for us. Our ‘heroes’ are no longer the great saints, but movie stars, musicians, entertainers, most of whom promote a life-style completely contrary to the life called for by Christ.
We, as followers of Christ, need to reject the call of the world and join the myriads of angels that worshipped the new Born King, singing ““Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” We need to join the people of Jerusalem in praising the King of Kings as he triumphantly rides into Jerusalem, not to take the earthly throne but to mount the Cross of our Salvation. And we echo every day in our lives, the final words of Blessed Miguel Pro, the Mexican martyr that cried, out “Vivo Cristo Rey!” Long live Christ the King.