After praying the Office for the Feast of Christ the King this morning, I smiled as I read a brief meditation written for this day in Magnificat. The priest author wrote about a friend who suggested a change that should be made in the name of today's feast day. The reasoning of the friend was logical: Fundamental to much of the western world and some of the emerging democrat countries in the eastern world is the notion of the right to decide who leads the nations. Perhaps, argued the friend, more Catholics could truly understand this day and why we place it in the Christian liturgy at the end of ordinary time, to signal the coming of Advent; if the day were called Feast of Christ the President or Feast of Christ our Leader, argued the friend, perhaps more people could grasp the import of the role of Jesus in our lives.
My husband and I spoke last evening about attending Mass at the Byzantine Church in San Luis Obispo we heard about a couple of weeks ago from a priest who spoke of the closeness between the Byzantine and Roman Catholic rites: ' Your Sunday obligation for Mass is satisfied," Fr Ken had declared, " if you attend St Anne's Byzantine church in San Luis Obispo."
I Googled Saint Anne Byzantine Church to determine the Mass times and the feast days of the Byzantine rite. When I was unable to find the Mass times or this feast day on the site, I told John that I'd like to attend but only if today's liturgy is celebrating the Feast of Christ the King because today is one of my very favorite feast days of the year.
"Lin, every day is your favorite feast day- you say that about all of them, " replied my husband. I laughed because he is right, I do say that about each of them.
Converts like me don't apply our logical, rational minds that have been so successful in guiding us through our many degrees and granting us positions of authority in institutions to our faith; we come here, to Him, on our knees, in relief. We know where our intellects and reason bring us, we know where the vicissitudes of our worldly desires and ambitions lead; firsthand, we experience the consequences of reliance on opinion, democratic or not; informed, or not.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
When everything is subjected to him,
then the Son himself will also be subjected
to the one who subjected everything to him,
so that God may be all in all.