This should be a great celebration, the culmination of all the liturgical celebrations that we have had for the entire liturgical year and that ends exactly with the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe.
The opportunity should remind us that what we begin should end well, that a happy ending ultimately means making Christ our King, the “all in all” in us, the be-all and end-all of our lives and the way to do this is to learn to love as Christ loved us and continues to love us.
Learning the art of getting things done well in general does not mean solving all of our problems and perfectly attaining all of the earthly goals that we have set for ourselves. It will never happen. When we die, there will still be unfinished business, let alone unsolved problems, challenges that have not yet been addressed.
To end things well, we must be reconciled with God and everyone else. Therefore, every day before going to bed, we should make sure that we ask God for forgiveness for any weakness, guilt, or sin we have committed during the day, as well as for forgiveness for anyone we have wronged in any way.
We should also forgive anyone who may have done something wrong with us too. That way, if we rest daily at night, we would be at peace with everyone, which should somehow be a picture of our eternal rest with God in heaven for all eternity. Yes, we should do this even if there is still something to be done, repaired and improved. So we should end the day until the end of our life comes.
We must remember that in the end, it is Christ who will fix everything. Our goal is simply to follow his will and his ways as well as possible and to know that our best can never be enough or that our best can always be made better.
If we now want Christ to be all of us, our King in the truest sense of the word, then we should obey the new or final commandment that He told us as closely as possible. It is the commandment that sums up all of the other previous commandments that we have been told. And that means loving one another as he, Christ, loved us and continues to love us.
It is a love that knows no boundaries and always takes the initiative. It is freely given, even if it is not properly answered. We should see to it that whatever we do or interfere in here on earth, no matter how mundane, technical and insignificant human speech, should lead to the development and growth of love that is a participation of the love of Christ himself is lived and commanded us.
And that may mean, as we are reminded in the Gospel of the Feast of Christ the King, that we are really reaching the poor, those on the periphery and even those who are in the mainstream of society, but who are unpopular, because they are like that and what they did.
This is the love that is expected of us and that would be like us with Christ. We must go all the way to love even our enemies, as Christ himself told us. This is how we can really make Christ our King! *
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