Today we celebrate Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The title King doesn’t do much for me for I never knew a king or royalty. Perhaps a better title might be, Jesus Christ, Servant of the Universe.
When Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and tempted, he rejected power or kingship, any type of domination, wealth and fame. Jesus never wanted to be king. He usually went away when people wanted to make him king. The only time he let himself be taken as king is when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey – not a very kingly sight.
One of the lesser-known documents of Vatican II is called Dei Verbum, Word of God. It contains the things the bishops of the world wanted to say about the Bible. And the most radical thing they said? We, ordinary Catholics, should actually read it! They said the church “earnestly and especially urges all the Christian faithful . . . to learn by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures the ‘excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ’” (no. 25).