As the church’s liturgical year comes to a close with the Solemnity of Christ the King, we “start over” with the anticipation of that same king’s birth (Advent). It seems a bit jolting to end with Christ standing before Pilate talking about what truth is and Jesus’ impending crucifixion then “switching gears” to Advent. But as always, there is a connection.

The Solemnity of Christ the King challenges us to examine ourselves and our relationship with Him who is our king.
Is Jesus the dominant thing in your life?
Do you spend time with Him in daily prayer?
Are there sins you need to confess to Him?

Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas with a penitential aspect to it. Is that not why the color purple is used during this time? It is a time of preparation and hopeful expectation for the arrival of our King whose mission is to draw all people to himself by His life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven (the Pascal Mystery).

But what kind of King is this? He is truly a warrior King but not a human military one. He comes “behind enemy lines” as a helpless child with the legions of angels as His army announcing his kingdom. The battle is spiritual first – then we are enlisted to bring the gospel to the world we live in.

Prepare for the spiritual battle for our King is coming to show us the way!

St. Joseph & Father McGivney, Pray for Us!