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HONORING OUR ANOINTING

For Sunday, November 24, 2019
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Honoring Our Anointing

2 Samuel 5:1-3
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

There is a scene in the first season of the award-winning Netflix series, “The Crown”, when a young Elizabeth is role-playing a coronation ceremony with her father, the soon-to-be King George VI. The girl destined to be queen is reading the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury while her father responds and reflects on the circumstances of his life. The words speak of the sacredness of the ceremony and of the unbreakable promise that he will make to God. At one point he says to her, “You have to anoint me or I can’t be king.” He explains to her that the anointing is essential, for when the holy oil touches him, he comes into direct contact with the Divine and is transformed forever. He becomes an anointed king who is now bound to the Anointed One. Elizabeth continues with the mock ceremony and anoints his head with the words: “as kings, priests, and prophets were anointed.” It is a very powerful scene that can give the viewer chills, especially if they have a Christian reference point from which to draw.

In the scene, you catch a glimpse of the importance of the monarchy to the people of England. The throne, whether it be sat on by a king or queen, is nothing like the seat of a president or prime minister. This seat of power is about divine calling and purpose. It is not so much about serving the people, but instead being a servant of the people because the true service is to God.

Of course, for most Christians who are active in their faith, watching this scene calls to mind the sacrament of Baptism. In Baptism, we are washed clean of our sin with water and anointed with oil. We die to our very self and are born again in Christ. We are new creations in the risen Lord. As King George VI explains to his daughter about his coronation, we are forever transformed in Baptism. We also are anointed into a royal priesthood. We become priest, prophet, and king like all those who have gone before us marked in the Faith.

Each year on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we speak about how Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. No earthly king surpasses him in glory and majesty. Jesus was the Anointed One, and we are blessed to be his earthly subjects in a kingdom that cannot be destroyed. However, if we are to be about the business of our king in this world, we need to take this occasion to reflect on our own anointing. In fact, since we bear the name Christian, we truly are called to be Christ to a world that needs to know him. All have been saved by the death and resurrection of the Anointed One, but now he is calling us and counting on us to honor our anointing through our discipleship and stewardship in this world.

At the very least, one can reflect on the fact that if we are sons and daughters of God, then we are royalty in a sense. That means we should act like it. Our Church suffers from so many ills in these modern times. Many of those defects have come about from members of the Body of Christ acting like anything but anointed royalty. With our Baptism comes responsibility. With the name Christian comes accountability. We are called and we are chosen.

What will the next liturgical year have in store for the Church? Only God truly knows. However, the future will be brighter if the kingdom of God manifests itself more clearly in our cities and towns. Things will improve if all those anointed by God step forward boldly with the Good News of the King of Kings.

Pope Pius XI instituted this very feast of the Kingship of Christ in 1925 to combat the increasing secularism, atheism, and apathy found throughout the globe. Many continue to believe that the universe would be just fine without Jesus Christ. A day on a liturgical calendar will not convince them. It will take all of us together — anointed and on fire for our King — to make a difference. This is the day and this is the moment.

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

PRAYER

I have traveled many miles.
I have seen many things.
But nothing can compare to
the Beauty of the King.
When He stands there before me
with His arms open to receive,
I wonder how people see Him
and choose not to believe.

I have traveled many miles.
I have seen many things.
But nothing can compare to
the Beauty of the King.
When He stands there before me
with the angels I start to sing
of the power & the glory,
and the Beauty of the King.
— from the song “Beauty of the King” by Tracy Earl Welliver

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Everyday Stewardship

THANKSGIVING DAY IS COMING!

People sharing table full of food

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and you will soon be saying, “Pass me the mashed potatoes, please.” This November holiday has its roots in American history and has grown into a day where we remember all the things for which we are thankful: country, family, friends, health, etc. Unfortunately, we can find ourselves so caught up with travel plans and buying the perfect turkey or ham that we let the day pass us by, and all we can focus on is how much we ate and who won the day’s football games. That’s why it is time NOW to begin reflecting daily of all things, great and small, that we are thankful for in life.

Gratitude is a key characteristic of a good Everyday Steward, but it does not develop in us without effort. In the coming days, we can contemplate all those things God has given us. If it helps, we can create a written list and bring it with us to the Thanksgiving dinner table. The point is that too often we take so many gifts for granted, and unless we pause and purposely reflect, we miss the chance to give thanks. A healthy and hearty heart filled with gratitude can make the highs in life that much higher and the lows easier to bear. Increased gratitude will also bring us closer to the source of all those good gifts, our God.

So, what will Thanksgiving be like for you this year? You have some time to make it something more than it has been in the past. The choice is yours.

—Tracy Earl Welliver


 

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