On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we celebrate Christ, King of the universe. He was anything but a king during his life on earth, but after his resurrection he was glorified. He became Christ and Lord over all things. Isaiah had already prophesied that one day, “every knee shall bend – to God, and by God every tongue shall swear, saying ‘Only in the Lord are just deeds and power’”. Is 45,23 Paul applies this prophecy to the Risen Jesus: “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend, of those in Heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Ph 2,10-11 The book of Revelation, in today’s second reading, echoes this. On the last day, “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will lament. So it is to be. Amen.” Rev 1,7
It boggles my mind when I think that one day, on the last day, the entire universe will see and acknowledge what we have known all along. The entire universe will bend the knee and acknowledge that Jesus-Christ is Lord. What further boggles my mind is the fact that we have known it all along. Why this privilege for us? Why did God choose us to live our human lives in the knowledge of this cosmic secret? Why for us, the privilege of living our human lives in the possession of Jesus, Christ and Lord, and of his gospel; the privilege of living our lives in this faith-knowledge, and in his Church?
It is the sole purpose of this last Sunday of the liturgical year to live out our privilege, to bend the knee and confess together that Jesus-Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. May this confession be accompanied by a very profound sense of the privilege that is ours, of humble thanksgiving, and of an equally humble prayer for the grace to not keep this privilege hidden under a basket, but rather to let it shine somehow, that others in our lives might enter into the privilege.