This Sunday is known as “Christ the King” Sunday. Traditionally, Christ the King Sunday is the very last Sunday on the calendar of the Christian year, which begins again next Sunday with the beginning of the season of Advent. A relatively recent addition to the liturgical calendar, Christ the King Sunday was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI in response to the tragedy of World War 1 and the growth of secularism in the world.
Still today—in the face of our chaotic, divided world that often seems ruled by the forces of darkness—Christ the King Sunday is meant to remind us that in the end, God does reign over all things. Consequently, as St. Julian of Norwich said in the fourteenth century, “All is well. And, all shall be well.”
Christ the King Sunday says our task is to not only to trust in this truth, but to live the kind of lives through which the Holy Spirit of God can work to bring the full reign of Christ to fruition in all creation! So, as we prepare for worship this Sunday, let us reflect on the words of St. John:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. —Revelation 1:4-8