Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva! – A homily for the Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

adorToday we celebrate Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. I don’t know about you, but it is often easier for me to think of Christ as king of the universe than it is to think of him as king of my life.  It’s easy for me to think of Jesus sitting on a golden, celestial throne. It’s easy for me to think of him holding the entire world, the whole universe together. It’s easy for me to imagine him with all the pomp, all the glory, all the power in the universe.

It’s a touch harder, though, to think of and reverence him as king of my life, king of my heart.

You see, we often fall into the temptation to have two kings, two thrones in our hearts. One throne for Christ, one throne for the Devil. One for love, one for hate. One for virtues, one for our favorite vices.

Here are some examples

Christ is our king at the dinner table with the family, but the devil is the king with certain folks at work around the water cooler or coffee machine.
Christ is king of my relationships with the people I like, but the devil is the king of my relationship with that person I can’t stand.
Christ is king of my bookshelf, but not of my internet brower.
Christ is king of my Sunday mornings, the devil the king of my Friday nights.
Christ is king of 10 percent of my income, but the devil has some dibs on the rest

On this feast, we remember that Christ must be king of it all. He must be king of all of our lives. king of our jobs, our families, our houses, our bedrooms, our computers, our bank accounts, our feelings, our thoughts, our lives!

There is a famous saying in Spanish, Viva Cristo Rey (Long live Christ the King!), to which everybody responds, Que Viva! (He lives!). We need to say that mantra after each part of our lives….

In my marriage, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my family, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my living room, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my bedroom, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my bank account, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my friendships, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my problems in life, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my distress, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my work, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my free time, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my addictions, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my computer usage, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my talking with others, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my struggles, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!
In my entire life, in my everything, Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!

Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of the presentation of Mary. We remember how, when she was three, her parents took her to the temple. They dedicated her to the King of the Universe, and he became the King of her life, the King of her heart. Our parents did that with us at our baptisms. Today we rededicate ourselves to the King, our entire selves. We ask that Christ alone might reign in our hearts, in our lives, in our families, in this world. It’s time to dethrone the Devil.

We need only look to the example of twenty-four thousand youth who just left NCYC. On Friday, every knee was on the floor in adoration of the King of the Universe. I heard many confessions, and they were being real with God. There was a desire in their hearts for Christ to reign in their hearts, and for some it was the first time for it. I pray that same desire is in each of us here.