Sunday readings reflection: An everlasting Kingship

Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
November 21, 2021

Daniel 7:13-14
Psalm 93:1-2, 5
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33-37

Wordly kingdoms come and go. When I was growing up, IBM was the king of the business world, Atari was the king of video games, bicycles with “banana seats” were the king of the playgrounds, Elvis was king, Jim Bakker was king of the televangelists, and the Motorola Razr flip phone was king of the cell phones. Okay, Elvis is still king, but the rest have lessened, if not faded completely, from their kingships. But when Christ ascends to heaven to take his place as King of the Universe, he takes on “an everlasting dominion … [a] kingship that will not be destroyed.”

How is it, then, that Jesus, by ascending into heaven, can assume this everlasting kingship? First (and perhaps foremost), Jesus is God, the second person of the Holy Trinity. However, his ascent to King differs greatly from earthly kings and turns the entire idea of what a god is supposed to be on its head. He served, he suffered, and he died, for us and for love. He himself claims that Truth is truth, thus everlasting, and his life’s mission was to testify to the Truth. In Jesus’ logic, Love and Truth are the marks of an everlasting king. 

As I get older, I’ll admit to a bit of wonderment about my “legacy.” While not ascending to kingship here or in heaven, I wonder what might be remembered of me after I’m gone. If, among my silly jokes, my “dadisms,” my bumbling and jarring bluntness, my sometimes quick temper, my not quite exquisite fashion sense, I am remembered at all for sticking to the truth and loving those whom I’ve encountered, then that is enough. If while I am still here I can emphasize truth and love in my life, then I am making headway on my path to Christ’s Kingdom.

So I’ll hang my hat on Truth and Love while seeking what is everlasting.

My Lord Jesus, you humbled yourself to take on human form. Suffering for doing so, your love defined your ministry and your Kingdom is robed in Truth. May my life reflect both your enduring love and your steadfast truth. Amen

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