Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It is on this feast day that we recall the kingship of our Lord and Savior. Throughout there Trinity Season we have considered our responsibility as disciples and followers of Jesus, who is our Shepherd and Master. On this day, as we prepare to enter into the anticipatory season of Advent, we recall that this one who is our Shepherd and Master, and who desires to call us friend, is also the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He sits enthroned on the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
The reality of His identity as King should shape and mold how we interact with Him. While we can call Him friend, we do not presume to have a friendship that is void of respect for we are not His equals. He is the one before whom every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He, the anointed one, is Lord; not only Lord of me as an individual, but Lord of all creation.
Almighty, everlasting God,
Who in Thy beloved Son,
King of the whole world,
hast willed to restore all things anew;
grant in Thy Mercy that all the families of nations,
rent asunder by the wound of sin,
may be subjected to His most gentle rule.
Who with Thee lives and reigns world without end.