Who Rules My Life?

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King. As I’ve said in the past, this is a relatively new feast day in the Church, instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as a reaction against secularism and nationalism.

Leaving aside all the references to “king” and “kingdom” in the Bible – of which there are many – and all of the various descriptions of Christ as “king” in documents such as Quas Primas (which instituted the feast day), we are invited today to ask ourselves a simple question: Who rules my life?

I’m not a big fan of kingship imagery. Pictures of Jesus sitting on a big throne with a crown on his head and holding a scepter don’t do much for me.

But, I can, without any discomfort, ask myself: Who rules my life? To whom to I pledge my ultimate allegiance? To whom do I pledge my life?

The answer to that question (in whatever form it is asked) is clear: Jesus Christ.

For me, the celebration of Christ the King is an acknowledgement that – by my choice, and not by any physical or legal force – Christ rules my life. It is Christ to whom I pledge my life. It is Christ’s judgement of me counts in the final analysis – the one before whom I will have to stand and give an account of myself.

In truth, anyone who calls himself or herself a Christian ought to acknowledge that truth every day. But it is good to have a day on which we recommit ourselves as a community to the reality that it is Christ that rules our life.

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2 thoughts on “Who Rules My Life?

  1. Thank you Susan!
    This is a good day for introspection. I’ll never forget another way a priest asked me the question “who drives your bus”? That comment caused me to think long and hard about how I live and what I live for…and how my actions are clues to just that.

  2. With respect to Christ as King, Father Barron, for Magnificat said:

    “He reigns not from a pompous throne, but from an instrument of torture; he wears not a gaudy crown of gold, but a bloody crown of thorns; he issues not peremptory commands, but words of promise: ‘This day you will be with me in paradise.’ Don’t be afraid utterly to submit every aspect of your life to this King, for his power empowers you and his command liberates you.”

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