Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
November 20, 2016
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
With this celebration, another church year comes to a close. As the Lectionary shapes our worship, Year C has ended, and we turn to the readings of Year A.
With our assemblies, in other years, we have reflected on several images of Christ’s sovereignty on this feast, which has such a grand name. We have looked at Matthew’s judge dispensing justice from a glorious throne and Mark’s Jesus defining his kingdom to Pilate as one that “does not belong to this world.” Today we encounter Jesus as someone very much of this world, someone “acquainted with grief,” our king on the cross. The saving dialogue is with a thief, someone in the same category as Zacchaeus and the other outcasts whom Jesus noticed, healed, or shared a meal with.
Like other followers of Jesus, after all the grumbling, the disappointments, the perplexity, the way we must go to meet and affirm Christ as king takes us to the cross, and the prize for which we long is to be remembered by our sovereign: to be noticed, to be retained in the mind carefully, to be not forgotten, to be included.
Jesus, remember me--
not the brilliant musician and liturgist I hoped to be,
not the staff member who failed to be open or collaborate,
not the director too tired or set in my ways to accept and include,
not the family member or friend too busy to listen--
but all of me. Amen.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Rochester, New York