On the Feast Day of Christ the King I thought about what the significance of the Feast was. Not for the Church or for the World but for me, in my heart. I heard a priest once talk about how Our Lord came to us as an infant because who can resist the charms of a baby? Who can refrain from caressing His fine head, kissing his plump cheek, drawing near to his warmth? But if we are meant to cuddle the Infant we are also to listen to the Preacher, respect the Lawgiver, marvel at the Miracle Worker, reverence the Lamb and Adore Our Lord, Christ the King.
Somehow (especially with our democratic propensities) it seems hard to get our mind around the image of Christ as King. Our last earthy image of Our Lord is on the Cross and then in His resurrected body still bearing the wounds of his crucifixtion and torture.
Feared first as King of the Jews, Herod tried to kill Our Lord as an infant. He failed. Worshipped before birth Our Lord was foretold in the Old Testament and then adored in his preborn state by St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist, also unborn.
Our King was then worshipped as an Infant by the shepherds, the Magi, His mother, His foster father, the Doctors and Priests of the Temple. Worshipped as an Infant even before His miracles, His teachings, His Resurrection, His Ascension to the throne of Heaven.
I asked my children what they thought of when they heard the phrase, Christ the King. They responded with this hymn by Patrick Brennan and George Elvey:
Hail Redeemer, King Divine
Hail Redeemer, King Divine,
Priest and Lamb the throne is thine
King whose reign shall never ceaste
Prince of everlasting peace.
Angels, saints and nations sing,
Praise be Jesus Christ our King
Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,
King of Love on Calvary
King most Holy, King of Truth,
Guide the lowly, guide the youth,
Christ thou King of Glory bright,
Be to us eternal light.
King whose name creation thrills,
Rule our minds, our hearts, our wills,
Til in peace, each nation sing,
With thy praises, King of Kings.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen gave a talk on Christ the King, available from Keep the Faith. I have yet to hear it but can't imagine it would not be worthwhile.
A Religious Brother once gave a talk about how we are to make of our heart a throne for Our Lord to reside upon. A fine sentiment. Going about it is our challenge.