The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe proclaims that
Jesus Christ is the Center and Lord of our lives. We are created in his image,
and our eternal destiny, our salvation, depends on him.
Today’s Gospel teaches us an essential truth about salvation. There are those
who claim that salvation comes by "faith alone," and by "accepting Jesus as Lord
and Savior." They quote Romans 10:9, where Paul states that "...if you confess
with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him
from the dead, you will be saved." They quote Romans 10:13: "Everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord shall be saved." But what does it mean to confess and
believe and call on? It means more than merely saying words. The words must lead
to works. Jesus warned: "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter
the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in
heaven" (Matthew 7:21). Paul wrote to the Philippians: "Work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). Salvation does not come
not by faith alone.
Rather, we are saved by the grace of Jesus, won for us by his life,
death, and Resurrection. We access that grace by faith, and faith is real
only when it finds expression in good works. In today’s Gospel Jesus
teaches that salvation is granted to those who do God’s will by serving others:
"Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food...."
And as we honor Jesus today, we also honor Mary. In the Bible, the queen is
not the wife of the king, but his mother. Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, shows
us how to put faith in Jesus by doing God’s will and serving others. As our Lady
of the Miraculous Medal, she intercedes for us, bringing us the grace of her
Son. With her, we worship Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.