Psalm 93:1-2, 5
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. (Revelation 1:5)
What a beautiful picture John paints of Jesus, the King we celebrate today! He is the “firstborn,” “faithful,” “ruler” who has “made us into a kingdom” (Revelation 1:5, 6). Reading this passage, we might come away with the idea that as King, Jesus has everything sewn up. He is enthroned in glory, and we are enjoying our life in his kingdom.
But that’s not exactly how things are, is it? We know there is still suffering in the world. We know there is still sin in the world. We even know there is still sin and temptation in our own lives! It seems like a contradiction, doesn’t it?
Not really. While Jesus truly is the King of kings and Lord of lords, he has not yet come back to take full possession of his kingdom. And that means that his enemy, the devil, is still out there, engaging us in a battle with his lies and temptations. His main strategy is to conquer us through complacency. He knows that if he can fill our minds with doubt, worry, and self-centered thoughts, we’ll become indifferent to God. We’ll also become dull to the Holy Spirit’s presence and live only for ourselves.
This is why the Mass is so important. At Mass, we remember and celebrate the power of Jesus’ resurrection. But even more than that, we receive Jesus in the form of bread and wine. He comes to feed us with his grace and his power so that we can be strengthened for the battle. His word helps us stay clear-minded, and his Body and Blood give us divine grace and favor.
So when you come to Mass today, come with an open heart. Come before your King, and let him feed your heart and your mind. Come and confess that his grace is the only way you can possibly win the battle. Call on him, and he will come to your defense.
“All hail to you, King Jesus! You are my comfort in affliction and my strength in battle!”~WAU