The Solemnity of Christ the King ends the Liturgical Year. Starting with the first Sunday in Advent which will begin next week, the liturgical year takes us from point A to B in the story of Salvation and the Gospel. It begins and ends with it’s focus on Jesus Christ as we await his incarnation, celebrate his appearing as a child at Christmas, the events of his life, walk with him to Calvary during Lent and the events of Easter week. The year comes full circle and like the disclosure of Revelation, the church celebrates Christ enthroned as king of the universe.
This continual path that the church walks every year keeps us circling around Christ who is the center of our faith. Every holiday, every Saint, every Mass, eventually points us to the One who is at the heart of everything and this very fitting final Sunday in the liturgical year leaves us at a crescendo of sorts. I can see the throne and the glory. I can envision angels and choirs. I can see the universe itself as a footstool for the King of Glory. And this is all about to come to a quick end as we leap forward to advent. The choirs will stop, the crashing of universal echoes from creation will end. The blinding light of the stars will dim as the night of winter begins and we wait his coming again. Adveniat Regnum Tuum.
This only makes the story more profound; for in this sudden clash of glory and silence, light and dark, sovereignty and infancy; the story of awesome and unconditional love demonstrated is most clearly. It is the King of the Universe who will become a child to save us all.