Today we come to the end of the Liturgical year with the Solemnity of Christ the king.
Many of you, I am sure have been hooked, like me on the Netflix serial "The Crown" which charts the early days of the reign of our Queen Elizabeth II.
The high point for me comes when the Young Queen is met for the first time by her Grandmother Queen Mary, who having written to her, reminding her who she now is and that duty is to be above all things, that she is no longer Lilibet but The Queen. In a most moving scene Queen Mary arrives in full mourning and Curtseys low, not before her granddaughter, but before her Sovereign. A lesson without words about what Queen Mary thinks about Monarchy and Sovereignty.
It is well known that her Majesty know she cannot carry out the task she has done for over 60 years without herself being subject to an even greater King - the Eternal who we celebrate today.
So many of us no longer have any sense of what it means to have a king over us, a ruler who makes all of the important decisions, a ruler who truly cares of us and seeks the good of the people. The readings today are based on an understanding of kingship that no longer exists in our world, for the most part. How lucky we are with our own Queen.
Yet we are invited to consider how Christ is our King and how He comes into our lives as a king, but as a servant king. Jesus Christ is a king who seeks only our good and the good of all. Jesus is a king who guides us from humility, not from power. Jesus has all power and all might and all majesty, but willingly puts all of that aside to become one of us and to sacrifice His life for us.
The Gospel of Luke today gives us the account of the crucifixion of Jesus. This is true kingship: dying for the people. So many still do not recognize that leadership, kingship, can be expressed in humility. Power comes in weakness. The true leader dies for his people. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
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