St. James Cathedral, Seattle

As the sun sets on this Solemnity of Christ the King, a few words on what it means for us.

Today’s Gospel recalls Jesus’ death upon the cross. This cross is the throne of his kingship. What kind of kingdom is this? What kind of King is this?

Jesus is the King of Love.

Love is an act of the will.

Love must be expressed – shared – increased – or it is lost. Thus, one can never stop loving.

Love in the end, because it must increase, leads to a complete gift of self.

Love ultimately leads to the cross.

My friends, the Kingdom Jesus established is an ‘interior kingdom’ that must find expression, as he expressed the Kingdom of God by his own life and love – and death and resurrection.

The Kingdom of Jesus is a kingdom of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace. (Preface of the Day) As disciples of Jesus, we must live as he did. Simply put, the Kingdom of Jesus requires an ever increasing love from each of its members.

Let us love without asking for anything in return, and may our love advance the Kingdom of God.