We all need a king. Someone who can reign over us in this life and in the life to come.
We human beings do not do well on our own. The evidence of this is everywhere - fear, war, division, corruption. Humanity without a king is a sinking ship. And so we celebrate the reality of Christ the King.
Jesus alone can carry the weight of reigning over the human race. Jesus alone can enter our broken humanity and transform it through the power of love. Yes, people may laugh at us, mock us or say that God does not exist.
They can ignore Jesus or reject him through indifference and unbelief. But this changes nothing. Jesus is the king and Lord of all. He will, in fact, reign forever. He will judge the living and the dead. And all of creation will understand one day that he is Lord.
The older I get, the more I see the truth of the kingship of Jesus Christ. I see my own daily need for Jesus and the world's need to experience his loving reign.
I started a new job in the past couple of days as co-director of evangelization and catechesis for the Diocese of Prince George. Today, I toured the local university with our diocesan youth and young adult director.
'Christ is the head of the body, of the church.'
As I looked at the faces of hundreds of young people on campus, I could see the questions in their eyes: "Who am I? Where am I going? What is my real purpose in life?"
My heart went out to them. Young people are given so many bad answers to the fundamental questions of life. They often do not understand the one fundamental fact of life - Jesus is king.
He is not just an idea, philosophy or great teacher. He is the rightful king. His truth is a reliable guide in the storms, blessings and uncertainties of life. He calls each and every one of us to examine our lives, our culture and our entire existence in the light of his truth and love.
But Jesus does not demand we follow him. He does not force us to bow in humility before him. He invites us. He calls us humbly and consistently to find out about his kingdom and submit to his way.
Look around. We need the feast of Christ the King more than ever. We need Jesus to become real in our personal lives so that he can become real to others.
We need to say to this broken and bleeding world, "Have you met Christ the King? Have you experienced his gracious mercy and love? Come, let us meet him together in his word, in prayer, and in the sacraments that he has given us."
Yes, the world is ready for a new evangelization. It is ready for a new opportunity to meet Christ the King in a living encounter that changes us from within.
This is a moment in history that challenges each of us to wake up to the kingship of Jesus and proclaim it to all. We proclaim our king and propose to others the possibility of experiencing the kingdom of God.
That kingdom is a way of life that alone can satisfy the built-in longing of every heart. A path that grows within us until we see clearly that Jesus is the reason for life, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of all.
Come Lord Jesus. Reveal your kingship. Reveal your truth and love to all.