In Rudyard Kipling’s fictional story, “The Man Who Would Be King,” we are told of two English soldiers of fortune. They are petty, greedy, and dishonest as they use their wiles and wits to become King of Kafiristan near the end of the 19th century. Today’s Solemnity of Christ the King is a reversal of that story (only it’s true), for it celebrates The King Who Would Be Man – Jesus! He shows us what it is to be a real man – a real woman – a real human being as God intended all of us to be. Today we celebrate his manly example of loyalty, obedience, humility, and self-sacrifice by which he established his kingdom. May we, his subjects here on earth, imitate his example and so prove to be worthy as to be his subjects in heaven as well.
- Fr. Carl