As followers of Christ, we are called to take up the task of serving others by bringing light to times of darkness—just as Jesus did throughout His lifetime. If you read the Gospel from the Feast of Christ the King, you see the rulers and soldiers mocking Jesus as He was being crucified. One of the condemned criminals also mocks Jesus, asking Him why, if he was the Christ, did not save them and the other criminal from death. However, the other criminal recognized the need for conversion in his life and placed his trust in Jesus, pleading, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
The Feast of Christ the King reminds us that Jesus’ decisions went against the grain of society. His actions were always done with humility as He had humbled Himself to share in the suffering of the cross, and through that act, to share in our humanity. Christ teaches us that we must die to ourselves, as the second criminal did, acknowledging his own guilt and asking Jesus to remember him.