Scripture Reflection for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

This Sunday is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the UniverseThe readings are from 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-5; Colossians 1:12-20; and Luke 23:35-43.

The title of this solemnity always kind of intimidates me. It makes me think of God's omnipotence, ruling over the entire cosmos from some divine throne far beyond all of us. But this is not at all the image that the Church gives us in the Gospel reading. Rather, the reading is of the crucifixion: the King of the Universe, nailed to the cross for you and for me.

Sometimes we can become almost callous at this idea, because we have heard it so often. Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, loves us so much that He died to save us. I'm intentionally reflecting on this in light of what it means for me personally. This week has been crazy, tense, and overwhelming. I don't think I'm the only one feeling this way, with it being our last in-person week before Thanksgiving, the holidays coming, it being dark earlier, etc. I have just felt like I was floundering this week, looking for stability, something constant that I could cling to while it felt like everything else was spiraling. In the midst of this, a thought came to me that I had heard a while ago (I can't even remember the source). Jesus was nailed to the cross. He was nailed - meaning that He could not, He WOULD not, go anywhere. His presence on the cross was stable. When our lives feel crazy and nothing is within our control, we know that we can find Jesus there, on the cross, the King, reigning from this throne out of love for us.

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