Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. He is, of course, the greatest gift we have been given and his friendship is one of the best things we can hope to receive. An attitude of thanksgiving should accompany us all day today.
The Collect Prayer at Mass today sums it up well:
Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Just imagine what the world would look like if the whole of creation were set free from slavery. That bears thinking about. The great reminder of this day is that this very experience of freedom will take place when the Kingdom of God comes in its fullness. We can look forward to the kingship of Christ as the time when the lion will lie down with the lamb. The kingdom of peace, harmony and freedom, all lived out in the fullness of time and the fullness of Truth. This is the kingdom that we are invited into, through friendship with Jesus Christ. Now, tha's really something for which to Give Thanks!
Lord Jesus, we give thanks to you for inviting us to share in your kingdom. We pray that your kingdom may be on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.