By Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND
Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, our King who was given the title as He was nailed to the cross. Can we claim the Crucified One as our King? Most kings or leaders seem to be robed in colorful, jeweled garments with a royal crown. Our Crucified King is stripped, wearing a crown of thorns, suffering, but very aware of those around who are also suffering in silence.
What is Jesus asking of me and his followers today? As we end the Year of Mercy, I believe we are called to continue to live and witness Mercy as Jesus did. Mercy is offered in so many ways: sometimes very challenging as we respond to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and as we show mercy and forgiveness to those with whom we live or work.
Recently Pope Francis asked that we dialogue with others - which is an expression of mercy, respect and love. He states, “We don’t dialogue when we do not listen enough or when we interrupt the other to prove that we are right.” Dialogue and listening to others are an expression of Mercy and Love, our love and God’s love.
Sit with and look at your Crucified King today. Listen to his invitation to HOW to follow.