We all have power, and we all use power in every action, relationship, or conversation. But the feast of Christ The King helps us see Jesus’ power as a paradox. Jesus was powerful not by violence, but by his powerlessness.
Picture a room full of powerful “movers and shakers” of industry. Then picture a baby being brought into the room. There is a sudden lull in conversation as the most unlikely people start talking “goo-goo, ga-ga,” and others stand back in a kind of wonder, just gazing at this miracle of new life. So the baby has power, but the baby does nothing to exert its power; the power is in the way people react to the innocence, the truth, the vulnerability of a baby.
Have you ever used the phrase, “Go ahead—make my day”? We all know, most of us react to violence by becoming violent. It’s like saying, “It was okay for you to use violence against me—because now I’m going to use it against you!” Not smart at all.
Jesus’ power came from living his message of love and nonviolence. When we serve the King of Truth by bringing justice and peace to a cheating and violent world, we, too, face persecution, even death. All the martyrs, all who work for justice know this, from Martin Luther King to Erin Brockovich—and you?
Christ the King of Peace asks us to end selfishness, and our addictions to money and pleasure, and to live as if we are the only hope some people have. Because we are the only one whose ears may hear a particular person in need. Let us all embrace the powerlessness of Jesus, and find the power of love there.