In our day and age, it’s difficult to grasp the concept of a human king. In Ignatius’ time, this was much easier. But today we live in a world that values democracy, shared leadership, voting, checks and balances, etc. Though these are useful methods of human governance, they do have a surprising challenging effect upon our ability to see Christ as King.
In this meditation, try to first imagine that you lived in a country with a single ruler, a monarch, a king. Imagine that this king had all temporal authority over the country in which you live and over the lives of the citizens. This ruler could enact any law, make any judgment, and determine any direction in which to lead the citizens.
Now imagine that this king was as pure and perfect of a saint that had ever lived. He had virtue beyond what one could imagine, courage, strength, compassion, justice, determination, mercy and unwavering fidelity to the will of God. Further imagine that this king came to power after many years of an evil and thoroughly corrupt ruler. What a gift such a new king would be! (Silent Reflection)
The effects of such a new king would be many. There would be great joy in welcoming such a king. Additionally, as this new king set forth a direction for the country, there would be great enthusiasm in following him. His leadership would be consoling, encouraging, healing and renewing to all who willingly follow.
This new king, however, may also face some obstacles as the old regime comes face to face with the need to change. The generals, governors and other co-leaders no longer receive the many “favors” they formerly received by doing the prior king’s dirty work. This shake-up leads to opposition and turmoil on various levels.
The question for you is this: Will you support and follow this new king? Will you do so with all the powers of your soul? Or will you cower in the face of the inevitable changes, even though there is no doubt that the changes enacted by this king are for the good of all?
Ponder this scenario and these questions in silence trying to imagine the scene. Try to understand the many challenges and changes that are to come. Consider how you would react to such a new and exciting change. (Silent Reflection)
Introduction to Meditations for Advent
- A New King
- Christ the King
- Total Surrender
- The Need for a Savior
- The Fiat of the Mother of God
- The Visitation of the Mother and the Son of God
Featured Image: Saint King Edwin