A solemnity is a very important feast. We celebrate the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or simply Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year.
Jesus was a king but he was different than most other kings. What made him different? Well, for one thing, he didn't live in a palace. He didn't wear a beautiful robe or a jeweled crown. He had no servants to wait on him -- and and no soldiers to fight his battles. He didn't even have a country over which to rule and there were no coins engraved with his face or his name.
Jesus is not just any king, he is the King of all the Kings. His kingdom is not on earth, his kingdom is in heaven. That is why many people never chose to make him their king. When Jesus was on earth, the people were looking for a king who would set up a kingdom on earth. A kingdom where they would share the wealth and power.
When Jesus walked upon the earth he looked like a normal human being, however he was really a King. Jesus did finally wear a crown, but it wasn't a crown of gold with jewels, it was a crown of thorns. A cross became his throne and above his head was a sign that read, "This is the King of the Jews."
The king of a kingdom has the right and power to make all the rules and demand that people do what he wants. When the people do not obey, the king has the right to punish them. Good kings use this power and right well. Bad kings do not. Jesus is the very best king ever. Jesus has all the power and chooses to use it to take care of people. When they disobey him, he forgives them.
Some people still refuse to recognize Jesus as King. But all around the world today the Word is spoken, "Jesus Christ is still the King of Kings."
As followers of Jesus we are in his Kingdom. In fact we are “Kids of the Kingdom.” He is our King and we are his children. We always want to do our best to follow and obey him out of love.
All hail, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!