Christ the King: “He came to reconcile all things, he came not to be ministered unto but to minister. He, though Lord of all, gave himself to us as a model of humility and with his principal law united the precept of charity.” (Papal documentation)
Humility, charity, peace. These are the hallmarks of the kingship of Jesus and the principles that claimed the hearts of the disciples.
Out of the blue some months ago while walking along the Schuylkill River Trail, I came across some letters of graffiti, a foot tall scrawled on a bridge abutment, reading “Tired of being humble.” Tired of being humble! I discovered soon enough that the phrase is well-known in the rap world. To be sure if we think of humble as diffident, timid, bashful, lacking in self-confidence, then it is good for us to be tired of that and to search for a path to grow in a proper sense of humble discipleship in imitation of Jesus.
Nothing diffident in Jesus who knows the high stakes in the risks he takes to challenge the Sabbath rules of the Pharisees.
Nothing timid about the Jesus who steps up to prevent the stoning of the Woman caught in adultery.
No lack of confidence in the Jesus who tells his disciples about his Father’s promises of happiness in this world and in the world to come.
At the same time no arrogance related to courage, or privileged knowledge or over-confidence takes root in the heart of Jesus.