We celebrate Jesus as King today. I used to throw an Epiphany party where guests had to come dressed as royalty. It was always great fun. Christ however was not that kind of king. He was hung on a cross where his enemies identified him as the “King of the Jews” and left to die a horrible death.
The wonderful thing about this King is His compassion and mercy. With his last breaths, he asked for forgiveness for those who did this terrible deed and showed mercy by telling one repentant sinner that he would join him in Paradise. Jesus taught us a new way to hold power, a new way to lead. He remained silent in his persecution and trusted that God would take care of the Plan. While on earth, he was a humble, poor man who gathered a crowd of followers with high hopes. His message touched hearts. His example was unlike anything people were used to. His words continue to inspire two thousand plus years later.
In Ignatian spirituality, the Call of the King is a meditation that should draw the person towards God, and confirm that there is a desire to stand under the banner of the lowly King, born in a stable, crucified on a cross, risen to glory, and with us still. To whose reign will you submit? Choose anew today to be faithful to Jesus.