November 21. Christ the King B. Dolores told her friends, “We all come from different parts of the world with different ways of doing things, different governments and I think also a different understanding of kings and queens, princes and princesses etc. In Lebanon, my country we don’t have that, but next door, in Jordan, people do love and respect their king and queen.  I wonder what that does to our understanding of God’s kingdom.” Beatrice added,” I know it sounds sentimental but I’ve always loved, and probably even reverenced kings and queens and we seem to have a lost that feeling of reverence today as many of them have fallen off their pedestals.” Dumisani thought to himself, “I don’t even want to think of the king of Eswatini.” 

Lord God and Father, you anointed your only Son, as eternal Priest and King of all creation so that by offering himself on the altar of the Cross as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace he might make all created things subject to his rule and present to the immensity of your majesty an eternal and universal kingdom, of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace.    Preface of Christ King of the Universe.    Pope Francis:  The kingdom already present and growing in our midst, engages us at every level of our being.  It must be directed to all men and the whole man.  The Father desires the salvation of every man and woman and his saving plan consists in gathering up all things in Christs, things in heaven and on earth. Our mandate is to go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.   EG181.  The New Testament does not only tell us of the earthly Jesus and his tangible and loving relationship with the world.  It also shows him risen and glorious present throughout creation by his universal Lordship.   LS100