From the Word of the Day
He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. (Colossians 1: 18)
Kings are not the style in our Western world even though they still exist. Even at the time of Jesus, being a king was not noble or admired. Think of Herod the Great, or the massacre of the Innocents by Antipas, or the beheading of John the Baptist. They were miserable figures, self-centered, tied to power and privilege, enslaved, built on a model difficult to sustain and justify.
The model of regality that Jesus proposes is also difficult to sustain but it is justifiable. His way of being a King is according to justice, truth, and mercy. He becomes the servant and guides His people from below, taking on their problems, their limitations. He is like a father, a brother; He is the shepherd of His people, and also the Suffering Servant, the ‘goel’ who redeems and expiates for others. He is the closest of neighbors and is the beginning, the firstborn as Paul’s letter says. With this great closeness of His, He approaches us and leads us to intimacy with the Father.
Here emerges another aspect of His regality, not so much tied to His functions as to His actions as a King. This comes from the relationship He establishes between Himself and us, not from the things He can obtain and give to us. He is the beginning even here. He is the first, the prior relationship that gives meaning to our life. Jesus is the first of everything…Jesus is at the center. We say it in many ways, but it is difficult for us to understand what this means and how it is evident in our life.
Lord, help us to not make the centrality of Christ empty in our life. Help us to not betray it with biased and sentimental interpretations. May Christ the Head help us to order our relationships, the values on which our choices are based and to live with freedom and responsibility.
The voice of Suzanne Giuseppi Testut
The real question is this: do I or do I not want Christ as the master of my life? If yes, it is up to us because the Spirit acts in every man and woman. It does not matter what our history is.