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An Unheralded King

I spent the week of November 9-13, 1998 in prayer and seclusion at the Retreat House in the countryside at Mundelein, Illinois, about 50 miles northwest of Chicago.  Down the road from the Retreat House, about a mile away, stands the Franciscan Monastery Church of Perpetual Adoration.  In a side chapel, stood an exquisite piece of art, a life size statue of Christ, on an altar.  The gifted artist portrayed the Lord just after His meeting with Pontius Pilate.  In the dialogue, Pilate asked, “Are You a King?”  Jesus answered, “Yes, I am a King!”  This work of art, made up of smooth colored stones, mostly deep read and a rich purple, shows the Suffering Christ.

Crowned with sharp thorns, clad in a purple cloak, with His Hands tied in front of Him, the Person of Christ appeared so real and alive.  A long thin reed for a King’s scepter rested in His Hands, put there in mockery by the Roman soldiers.  His Face, so life-like, showed pain and humiliation.

In my daily visits those days to this side chapel, no one stood there with me.  I received immediate audience with the King of Love, so cruelly treated by the people of His time and of our 20th Century.  From outside the Church came the sound of rush hour traffic.  Unrecognized and unheralded by so many, the King finds His offering of Love scorned and rejected.

Each day in the chapel, I knelt before Him on the kneeler, as knights used to do in the Middle Ages before their kings, and offered my life to Him.  I put my hands into His Hands as a pledge of my love and loyalty.  To keep that pledge, I told myself, I must pray earnestly every day.  In our family life, we could dedicate ourselves to the service of Our Noble King by promising to spread His Kingdom of peace, holiness, and love in all our daily living.  “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 25:15)

The enemies of Christ the King, the world, the flesh and the devil want to gain control of our hearts, our homes, and our society.  Our battle cry could be “Thy Kingdom Come!”  Christianity is not a list of dos and don’ts, but rather the story of One Person, Christ the King, Who wishes to rule our hearts with His Love.  Our friendship and service will console Him!                                                                                                                       

Fr. George Mc Kenna

November 24, 2012 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , ,


  1. Father!
    there are so many souls that are truly lost. This time of year is the time to spread His love, peace, and Joy. Those that dont know Him can learn He is the Way, truth, & Light of the world!

    Comment by JO WILLIAMS | November 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. Thy Kingdom Come!!

    Comment by Mike McKenna | November 25, 2012 | Reply

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